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23 November 2018
Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change - Using Constitutions to Advance Environmental Rights and Achieve Climate Justice: Meeting Report and Materials

On 26 and 27 February 2018, the Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change: Using Constitutions to advance Environmental Rights and Achieve Climate Justice was held in Lahore, Pakistan. The objective of this report is to give an overview of the colloquium and to provide training materials to help judges navigate through complex issues to achieve environmental, climate and social justice. The report includes the Lahore Action Plan, summaries of some speaker presentations, and provides a synopsis of environmental constitutionalism and selected landmark judicial decisions.

28 February 2018
Companion to Global Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism: Selected Cases and Materials

This handbook on environmental constitutionalism contains selected case summaries, judicial opinions, reports, maps and constitional samples from Asia Pacific, Americas and the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.

31 January 2018
Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment: The main human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment

These framework principles set out the basic obligations of States under human rights law as they relate to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

4 January 2018
Legal Readiness to Attract Climate Finance: Towards a Low-Carbon Asia and the Pacific

The Parties to the Paris Agreement have made ambitious commitments to combat climate change - both in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilience targets as well as financial targets. In their Nationally Determined Contributions, most developing countries have made their commitments conditional on receiving international financial support.

11 July 2017
Shooting Stars and Dancing Fish: A Walk to the World We Want

The book tackles the crises of environment and climate in simple and understandable language and sees these challenges as opportunities for humankind to prove its wisdom. 

31 May 2017
New Frontiers in Environmental Constitutionalism

The book examines new frontiers in the implementation of constitutional, international, and regional rights-based approaches to promote environmental protection.

30 May 2017
The Status of Climate Change Litigation: A Global Review

This report provides judges, advocates, researchers, and the international community with an of-the-moment survey of global climate change litigation, an overview of litigation trends, and descriptions of key issues that courts must resolve in the course of climate change cases. 

23 November 2016
Proceedings of the Fourth South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice

This publication documents the proceedings of the Fourth South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice, held on 28–29 November 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

1 November 2016
Fifth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN Judicial Cooperation on the Environment - The Proceedings

Climate change knows no limits—geographical, judicial, or administrative. The fifth roundtable began with a clear focus on the importance of cooperation and collaboration between judiciaries and the benefit of judicial networks.

6 July 2016
Natural Capital and the Rule of Law: Proceedings of the ADB Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment 2013

This publication captures the proceedings of the Second Asian Judges Symposium: “Natural Capital and the Rule of Law” held 3–5 December 2013 in Manila, the Philippines.

29 - 30 October 2018
Asia-Pacific Judicial Conference on Environmental and Climate Change Adjudication

The Supreme Court of the Union, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) are pleased to host the Asia Pacific Judicial Conference on Environmental and Climate Change Adjudication in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

18 - 20 July 2018
Workshop on Environmental Adjudication for the Judiciary of Bhutan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with UN Environment, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Royal Court of Justice of Bhutan co-organized a Workshop on Environmental Adjudication for the Judiciary of Bhutan, held on 18-19 July 2018, in Thimphu.

26 - 27 February 2018
Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change: Using Constitutions to Advance Environmental Rights and Achieve Climate Justice

The objective of the colloquium is to assist and build capacity of judges in Asia Pacific in applying environmental constitutionalism to achieve climate justice and advance human dignity.

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.

A Mongolian rural landscape
4 December 2018
MDBs Announce Joint Framework to Combat Climate Change

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) today announced a joint framework for aligning their activities with the goals of the Paris Agreement, reinforcing their commitment to combat climate change.

Group photo from the climate change litigation scholarship workshop organized by the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, National University of Singapore, co-hosted a  with Yale Law School that was held from 7-8 June 2018.
27 October 2018
Climate Change: Let’s Talk About The Role of Courts

On 7 and 8 June 2018, the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL, National University of Singapore) co-hosted a climate change litigation scholarship workshop with Yale Law School.

Group photo from the Workshop on Environmental Adjudication for the Judiciary of Bhutan held from 19-20 July 2018.
27 October 2018
Walk the Talk: A Sustainable Workshop for Bhutan’s Judiciary

On 19-20 July 2018, the Workshop on Environmental Adjudication for the Judiciary of Bhutan was held in the capital Thimphu. ADB’s Office of the General Counsel organized the event, in partnership with UN Environment and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Over 50 judges and court officers from the High Court and all districts courts completed the interactive workshop.

Workshop on Environmental Adjudication for the Judiciary of Bhutan
20 July 2018
Environmental adjudication for the judiciary of Bhutan

A workshop on environmental adjudication for the judiciary of Bhutan, recommended awareness programmes, need to include climate change in the education curriculum, strengthening coordination among stakeholders, and capacity building to combat climate change in the country.

Rule of Law image from Development Advocate Pakistan. In this issue, Irum Ahsan, Senior Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), shares her thoughts on citizen access to governance institutions and ADB's work in building the country's judicial capacity in the areas of gender sensitization and human rights
14 June 2018
Interview: Irum Ahsan on citizen access to governance institutions, gender sensitization and human rights in Pakistan

In this issue of Development Advocate Pakistan, Irum Ahsan, Senior Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), shares her thoughts on citizen access to governance institutions and ADB's work in building the country's judicial capacity in the areas of gender sensitaztion and human rights.