Events

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), together with partner judiciaries, convenes chief justices and their designees from the supreme courts of Southeast Asian and South Asian countries in annual roundtable discussions on common environmental challenges. These roundtables serve as fora and knowledge-sharing platforms for concerned judiciaries, government officials, civil society, environmental law experts and other stakeholders to discuss environmental law, enforcement, and adjudication issues and ultimately promote environmental justice within the broader Asia and Pacific region.

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21 - 25 August 2017
Workshop on Mainstreaming Legal Knowledge of Environmental Issues

ADB is supporting the Supreme Court of Cambodia's request for a training for judges on environment and climate change law. This is in line with recent initiatives to enact a comprehensive Environmental Code for the country. The training/workshop aims to equip judges with the knowledge and skills to tackle this new Code and to handle environmental cases, and to learn from best practices from other jurisdictions.  

10 - 13 July 2017
Strengthening Capacity for Environmental Law in Malaysia’s Judiciary: Train-the-Judges Program

ADB, the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Environment Institute of Malaysia, and the Judicial and Legal Training Institute conducted a training course for session court judges hearing environmental law cases. Topics focused on umbrella strategic level areas that are helpful in deciding any kind of environmental case e.g., (i) evidence in environmental cases, (ii) environmental forensics, and (iii) remedies in environmental cases.

19 - 21 May 2017
Second Meeting of the Global Judicial Institute for the Environment (GJIE)

The event is being supported by ADB and is organized by the World Commission on Environmental Law, the United Nations Environment Programme, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, the International Association of Judges, and other partners, with the support of Brazilian judicial institutions. The main purposes of the meeting are to draft and approve the Bylaws of the Institute and to develop an Action Plan for the next two years. The GJIE was established during the 1st IUCN World Environmental Law Congress, where judges from 15 different countries gathered in Brazil in April 2016 for the inauguration Institute. A Charter for the Global Judicial Institute for the Environment was agreed upon, laying out the mission, objectives, activities, and structure for the GJIE.

25 - 26 March 2017
World Conference on Environment - 2017

The World Conference on Environment held in New Delhi, India is a further step towards pioneering approaches which will have repercussions globally on all environmental policy areas such as Paris Agreement 2015, Forest, Wildlife and Biodiversity, Municipal Solid Waste, Environment and Public Health, Air and Water Pollution, Climate Change, Public Health and Environment and Innovative approaches for Environmental Remediation and Restoration

14 - 15 March 2017
Innovations in Counter Wildlife Trafficking Conference

By elevating the issue of wildlife crime and wildlife law reform, partners can assist champion Judiciaries (Asian Judges Network on the Environment), AGs (Attorneys General) and Parliaments from the ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) to gain a solid legal foundation to fully enforce wildlife laws that will help catalyze a significant shift in the regional trade context. Strengthening relevant laws and their enforcement remains the biggest challenge ahead, but represents a crucial strategy to create effective deterrents for illegal wildlife trade, and dismantle the criminal syndicates behind it.

25 - 26 November 2016
South Asia Judicial Conference on Environment and Climate Change

The Fifth South Asia Judicial Conference on Environment and Climate Change held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aims to promote environmental adjudication, enforcement, and justice in South Asia, as well as discussion regarding the key environmental concerns and climate change challenges and needed regulatory and judicial responses. It is also an opportunity for the participating judges and the environmental practitioners to develop a common understanding of the issues and available legal solutions.

10 - 13 November 2016
Sixth ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment: Forging the Sustainable Future of the ASEAN Region

From 10-13 November 2016, the Supreme Court of the Philippines and ADB cohosted the Sixth ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment with the theme "Forging the Sustainable Future of the ASEAN Region."

26 - 27 September 2016
Third Asian Judges Symposium on Law, Policy and Climate Change

ADB, UNEP and the Supreme Court of the Philippines cohosted the Third Asian Judges Symposium on Law, Policy and Climate Change at the ADB Headquarters in Manila, Philippines last 26-27 September 2016.

19 - 20 March 2016
Workshop for Sri Lanka High Court Judges on Environmental and Writ Laws

In recognizing the crucial role of the justice sector in the protection and enforcement, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the Sri Lanka Judges Institute, held the Workshop for Sri Lanka High Court Judges on Environmental and Writ Laws as a follow-up to the very successful Asian Judges Roundtable on the Environment that was hosted by the Chief Justice’s office and the ADB in 2014 in Colombo. It is part of ADB’s regional strategy in enhancing judicial capacity through sessions that facilitate knowledge and experience sharing, and aims to strengthen the judiciary in discharging the duties of its roles more effectively.

4 - 5 December 2015
Fifth ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN Judicial Cooperation on the Environment

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.

28 - 29 November 2015
Fourth South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environment

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.

31 October 2015
Second ASEAN Judicial Working Group on Environment Meeting
12 - 14 December 2014
Fourth ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment: Role of the Judiciary in Environmental Protection

Discussion on ASEAN courts’ cooperation in environment, balancing locals’ interests and environmental protection, deforestation, illegal logging, wild animal smuggling, operations of environment-related regulations, and ASEAN courts’ cooperation program.

15 - 16 September 2014
First ASEAN Judicial Working Group on Environment Meeting

On 15 and 16 September 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the Supreme People’s Court of Viet Nam, convened the first meeting of the ASEAN Judicial Working Group on Environment in Hanoi, Viet Nam. Senior justices representing eight ASEAN countries met to (i) discuss their proposed contributions to the ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment with a view towards accelerating the implementation of A Common Vision on Environment for ASEAN Judiciaries (or the “Jakarta Common Vision”), (ii) consider the contribution of ASEAN judiciaries to the Asian Judges Network on Environment, and (iii) prepare the agenda for the upcoming Fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment scheduled in December 2014.

8 - 9 August 2014
Third South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice for Sustainable Green Development

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, recently hosted the 3rd South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice for Sustainable Green Development from 8th to 9th August 2014, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This is the third leg in a successful series of Roundtables in South Asia organized by the ADB Office of the General Counsel (OGC) under its Law, Justice, and Development (LJD) Program, aimed at building the capacity for environmental prosecution, adjudication, dispute resolution, compliance and enforcement in Asia. Previous Roundtables were held in Bhurban, Pakistan in 2012, and Thimpu, Bhutan in 2013.

3 - 5 December 2013
Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment: Natural Capital and the Rule of Law

The papers submitted for the Symposium will be compiled and edited as a volume for publication by ADB. Participants will be requested to provide papers and presentations well prior to the Symposium. The papers and presentations submitted for the Symposium will also be uploaded to the AJNE website. The Symposium will also provide an opportunity for the consideration and adoption of an AJNE Statement on Environmental Justice from the reports from break-out groups, together with prior statements and declarations.

15 - 18 November 2013
Third ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN's Environmental Challenges and Legal Responses

The judiciary plays a critical role in managing and constraining these challenges. Hence, the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand is hosting this Third ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on the Environment—the regional judicial meeting that aims to expand collaboration and cooperation to enhance the judiciary’s role in developing and enforcing environmental law in the region.

30 - 31 August 2013
Second South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice

The Second South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice brings together Chief Justices, senior judges, and experts to consider common environmental challenges in the region, share experiences, and discuss opportunities for cooperation between judiciaries to enhance environmental adjudication and enforcement.

10 - 12 March 2013
Symposium on Combating Wildlife Crime
10 - 14 December 2012
Courts, Rule of Law and the Environment: A Side Event to the World Bank‰'s Law, Justice, and Development Week

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