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The City Government of Puerto Princesa maintains nurseries of mangrove seedlings to complement the Fisheries Resource Management Project.
27 April 2017

ADB’s Office of the General Counsel Launches New Technical Assistance Project to Develop Judicial Capacity for Adjudicating Climate Change Issues

The Office of the General Counsel has commenced a new technical assistance project designed to aid Asian judiciaries in adjudicating climate change and sustainable development issues. It focuses on customized in-country training programs that specifically target capacity gaps and opportunities identified by the requesting country/judiciary.

Mr. Nakao noted there had been more than 700 climate change litigation cases globally.
26 September 2016

ADB President Opens Judges Symposium on Climate Change’s Impact on Law

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao today opened the Third Asian Judges Symposium on Law, Policy and Climate Change, calling on the region’s judicial systems to play a key role in helping countries contribute to global efforts to mitigate climate change and its impacts.

7 December 2015

ASEAN Chief Justices Reaffirm Commitment to Environmental Law Enforcement, Regional Cooperation

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — High court judges from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed their commitment to environmental law and climate change at a roundtable meeting last weekend in Cambodia.

27 June 2015

Cambodia To Host the 5th ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment in Siem Reap

The 5th ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment will take place in the Cambodian cultural province of Siem Reap in November this year, said Mr. Chiv Keng, Vice President of the Supreme Court of Cambodia.

17 December 2014

ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable successfully finished

The fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on the Role of the Judiciary in Environmental Protection concluded in Hanoi on December 14 after two days of sitting. The event, co-organised by the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), focused discussions on cooperation in environment-related issues among ASEAN’s national courts, the Jakarta Common Vision on Environment for ASEAN Judiciaries and the Hanoi Plan of Action.

17 December 2014

ASEAN Chief Justices talk about environmental issues

Viet Nam hopes to learn from other countries’ experiences in protecting the environment, President Truong Tan Sang said on Saturday to delegates attending the fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable.

13 December 2014

Fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable opens

The fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on the role of the judiciary in environmental protection opened on December 13th in Hanoi by the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

3 November 2014

First Meeting of ASEAN Judicial Working Group to Deepen Cooperation on Environment

The ASEAN Judiciaries Working Group on Environment met here today for the first time to explore ways to deepen cooperation on the region’s environmental problems in advance of the fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment taking place in Ha Noi in November.

Front (L–R): Bruce L Davis, Vice President – ADB, Lord Robert Carnwath, Judge, Supreme Court of England, G L Pieris, Minister of External Affairs, Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Rauf Hakeem, Minister of Justice, Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain from Bangladesh, Clifford Wallace, Senior Judge, Chief Judge Emeritus, The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Justice Christopher Gregory Weeramantry and Adel Omar Sherif, Deputy Chief Justice of Egypt Back (L–R): Sri Widowa
5 September 2014

Environmental Justice for Sustainable Green Development : The Third South Asia Judicial Roundtable in Sri Lanka

The Third South Asian Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice took place in Colombo under the theme of Environmental Justice for Sustainable Green Development.

8 August 2014

Third South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice

The Third South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice commenced at the Central Bank today with President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest. Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and ministers were among the participants.

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Dam on the Dong Nai River in Viet Nam.
24 October 2016

Asian judges should unite to fight climate change

At a time when halting climate change seems impossible, let us work with our judiciaries and become their partners to deal with this crisis head-on.

Community forest rangers in Viet Nam.
25 April 2016

Companies in Viet Nam to become liable for environmental crimes

Viet Nam is a country rich in biodiversity, but is also facing rapid economic growth, with a resultant increase in environmental threats. Viet Nam has already experienced a number of significant environmental problems, the most devastating often being the result of corporate—rather than specific individual—activity.

Sunset at a beach in Karnataka, India.
8 April 2016

Asian judiciary: Emerging leaders in climate change action

In the flurry of reports and social media updates on the progress of COP21—and its historic success—there has been a major focus on the role of national governments working together to shape effective global climate change policy and regulatory reform.

ADB co-hosted the Fourth South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice on 28-29 November in Kathmandu, where Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha of Nepal and Deputy General Counsel Ramit Nagpal opened the event. Attendees included judges, legal professional, and participants from South Asia and other regions. The event was co-organized with the Supreme Court of Nepal and supported by WWF-Nepal.
14 January 2016

How ADB got judiciary to lead work on the environment

The Asian Judges Network on Environment (AJNE) was started at the Asian Judges Symposium attended by senior judiciaries. Under this initiative, judicial roundtables have been held in South and Southeast Asia. Asia is the only region in the world which convenes Chief Justices’ roundtables dedicated to environmental justice – and ADB is the only regional multilateral development bank supporting such meetings.

Group photo of the participants from the Session 1 of the Third Roundtable for ASEAN Chief Justices on Environment held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 15-18 November 2013.
28 November 2013

Cooperation between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Law (SAARCLAW)

Established in October 1991, SAARCLAW is a regional apex body of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It is composed of judges, lawyers, law academics, and other stakeholders in South Asia. It has an Honorary Secretary-General with an Executive Council and country chapters. According to its Charter, SAARCLAW was formed for the purposes of disseminating information, promoting cooperation and understanding of the legal developments in the region, and developing law as an instrument of social change.

Photo of Justice Richard Malanjum Chief Judge
13 November 2013

Commentary: Third ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on Environment - Third ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on Environment (15 – 18 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

For two days, from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ASEAN Chief Justices or their representatives had fruitful discussions on environmental issues with special reference to their respective Judiciaries.

It was my second attendance after the Melaka Roundtable. The Bangkok meeting was a success. Participations were excellent. Personally I learned quite a lot after hearing the experiences of the judiciaries in the other ASEAN countries. 

7 July 2013

Asian Chief Justices, Judges Propose Network to Promote Environment Justice

Asian judges proposed creation of an Asian Judges Network on the Environment to improve the quality of court rulings on environment and natural resource cases in the region at a seminar held at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Photo of participants during the Third ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on Environment, held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 5 - 18 November 2013.

Third ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on Environment (15 – 18 November 2013, Bangkok)

The Third Association of Southeast Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) Chief Justices Roundtable on the Environment (the “Third Roundtable”) convened on 15 – 18 November, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss the next steps for cooperation amongst the ASEAN judiciaries to enforce and shape effective environmental law for the region. The Third Roundtable brought together Chief Justices, or their representatives, from member countries of ASEAN, along with other environmental experts. It was jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank (“ADB”) and the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand.