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31 December 2021
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2020

The ADB Sustainability Report 2020 provides detailed information on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of ADB’s operations, activities, and institutional practices for 2018 and 2019.

26 January 2021
Global Climate Litigation Report: 2020 Status Review

The UNEP Global Climate Litigation Report: 2020 Status Review provides an overview of the current state of climate change litigation globally, as well as an assessment of global climate change litigation trends. It finds that a rapid increase in climate litigation has occurred around the world.  In 2017 there were 884 cases brought in 24 countries. As of 1 July 2020, the number of cases has nearly doubled with at least 1,550 climate change cases filed in 38 countries. This growing tidal wave of climate cases is driving much-needed change.

9 December 2020
Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You: International Climate Change Legal Frameworks

Report 4 explores the Paris Agreement and the international legal framework that supports global and domestic climate action. It highlights the crucial role of judges in holding their governments accountable for their climate pledges.

9 December 2020
Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You: National Climate Change Legal Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific

Report 3 provides holistic syntheses of the climate legal and policy frameworks of 32 countries in Asia and the Pacific and discusses key legislative trends and climate-relevant constitutional rights.

9 December 2020
Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You: Climate Litigation in Asia and the Pacific and Beyond

Report 2 contains a comprehensive review of the growing number and variety of climate lawsuits in Asia and the Pacific. It underscores the unique flavor and voice of regional jurisprudence and compares it with global approaches.

9 December 2020
Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You: Report Series Purpose and Introduction to Climate Science

Report 1 guides readers through some of the basics about climate change as a defining challenge of our time. It further explains how judges from Asia and the Pacific contribute to climate governance and litigation.

 

10 November 2020
Environmental Governance Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Environmental Governance Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean© represent the first-ever cross-country assessment of how environmental governance functions in practice.

4 September 2020
Impacts of Environment and Justice for All

The Impacts of Environment and Justice for All project addresses environmental justice and climate justice issues by developing the capacity of first instance, appellate, and Supreme Court judges in Asia to handle such cases.

28 February 2019
Sixth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment: Forging the Sustainable Future of the ASEAN Region – The Proceedings

The ASEAN judiciaries reviewed their agreements on how they see, and aimed to fulfill, their role in protecting the environment, advancing environmental justice, and upholding the rule of law at the Sixth Roundtable held in the Philippines.

12 March 2019
Gender and Environment Statistics: Unlocking information for action and measuring SDGs

This report first considers the current landscape of data at the gender-environment nexus. This report then outlines the key issues and associated indicators used for tracking and analysing those issues, organized around four priority areas.

Group photo from ADB's Governance Thematic Group Awards.
29 March 2019
Myanmar Conference Recognized as an Outstanding Knowledge Partnership Event

ADB’s Governance Thematic Group (GovTG) awarded the Asia-Pacific Judicial Conference on Environmental and Climate Change Adjudication, held on 29-30 October 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, as an outstanding Knowledge Partnership Event. In awarding ceremonies last 26 March 2019, the GovTG noted the many firsts and achievements of the event.

With staunch foundations and ability to adapt to the environment, redwood trees stand for centuries.
20 February 2019
Strong institutions can nourish inclusive, sustainable green growth

Just as strong roots are the foundation of strong trees, strong institutions are the foundation of strong and sustainable economies. Strong institutions—such as a transparent judiciary, a robust constitution, and explicit rules and regulations—are at the heart of all of the world’s most vibrant economies.

Group photo from the Asia Pacific Judicial Conference on Environmental and Climate Change Adjudication
13 February 2019
The Many Firsts of the Asia Pacific Judicial Conference on Environmental and Climate Change Adjudication

The Asia Pacific Judicial Conference on Environmental and Climate Change Adjudication was a continuation of the annual judicial and chief justices’ conferences organized in the ASEAN and SAARC regions since 2011 under the banner of the Asian Judges Network on Environment (AJNE). For the first time, judges from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Pacific came together to discuss pressing environmental and climate change issues. Judges learned about solutions and success stories to environmental challenges from around the world and explored their role in the age of climate change litigation. 

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31 January 2019
International Legal Scholars Academy, Widener University Delaware Law School - Juciciary, Practitoners, and Law Students

Delaware Law School presents its 2019 International Legal Scholars Academy for Judiciary, Practitioners, and Law Students. Our one-week immersion program offers an opportunity to explore U.S. legal concepts and various current topics. Participants receive an educational and cultural experience and collaborate with judges and scholars from around the globe.

Group photos from 2018 AJNE events
30 January 2019
A Look Back at AJNE in 2018

2018 was a busy year for the environment and climate change issues. The year was one of the warmest - well within the top 10 and continuing the trend of breaking historical temperature records (recent reports actually say it is the warmest on record!).

19 October 2021
Emerging Climate Change Risks for Companies and Financial Institutions

The webinar will shed light on the emerging climate change risks for companies and financial institutions in ADB developing member countries. 

7 October 2021
Climate Change and Courts

A renowned panel of experts will shed light on the unique challenges, tools, resources, and knowledge-sharing opportunities that judges face in climate change cases. Participants will comprise judges and representatives from judicial academies and schools, multilateral development banks, academia, and legal communities.

9 - 11 December 2020
Asia-Pacific Judicial Conference on Climate Change: Adjudication in the Time of COVID-19

The emergence of COVID-19 has brought major challenges to all peoples of the world in unexpected ways. Many point to our unabated abuse of nature as the underlying cause of this pandemic. It has amplified numerous existing challenges such as weak health institutions and lack of social protection for the most vulnerable. It has also added to the already alarming issue of rapid climate change, presenting more complexities for the processes of adjudication and the achievement of climate justice.

7 - 8 October 2019
Asia-Pacific Judicial Conference on Climate Change Adjudication: Trends and Impacts

The conference is a continuation of the annual gathering of AJNE Chief Justices, senior judges, legal and multi-disciplinary experts, and environment and climate change advocates, which began in 2011; and will be the first one to be held in the Pacific region.

14 - 16 March 2019
LAWASIA Business Law Conference 2019: Session on Environment and Climate Change | The Climate of Business is Changing: Are you Keeping Abreast?

This conference highlights the importance of keeping abreast of legal developments in the various Asian countries. At the same time, the event underscores the value of preserving and promoting the Rule of Law in order to ensure the sanctity of contract and the predictability of outcome of legal cases. 

 

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Without urgent climate action, humanity faces a world that cannot sustain civilization as we know it. People around the globe are demanding action, some with climate litigation. Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You is a flagship publication series of the Law and Policy Reform Program under the Office of the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It is a four-part report series that recognizes the inevitability of increased litigation in the era of climate change and judges need a tool kit to respond.

 
Report Series Purpose and Introduction to Climate Science

Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You: Report Series Purpose and Introduction to Climate Science

Report One explains how judges from Asia and the Pacific contribute to climate governance, along with the Asian Development Bank’s rationale for producing this report series. It guides readers through some of the basics about climate change: What is causing it? How do we know? How bad might it get? What do we do about it?

 
 
Climate Litigation in Asia and the Pacific and Beyond

Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You: Climate Litigation in Asia and the Pacific and Beyond

Report Two is a comprehensive review of the growing number and variety of climate lawsuits in Asia and the Pacific. It underscores the unique flavor and voice of regional jurisprudence and compares it with global approaches. No one can solve climate change alone and neither can any particular judiciary. Judges can, however, learn from each other, taking judicial excellence and applying it to the case before them.

 
 
National Climate Change Legal Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific

Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You: National Climate Change Legal Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific

Report Three provides holistic syntheses of the climate legal and policy frameworks of 32 countries in Asia and the Pacific and discusses key legislative trends and climate-relevant constitutional rights.

 
 
Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You: International Climate Change Legal Frameworks

Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You: International Climate Change Legal Frameworks

Report Four explores the nature of the Paris Agreement, its history, and the framework of international instruments and international legal principles that support global and domestic climate action.