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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 February 2016
Compendium of Good Practices on Human Rights and the Environment

The purpose of this compendium is to present good practices relating to the use of human rights obligations and commitments to inform, support and strengthen environmental policymaking, especially in the area of environmental protection that were identified through a joint programme between UNEP, the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment (formerly the Independent Expert), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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.

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

28 February 2018
Judicial colloquium to address climate issue

LAHORE: The two-day Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on climate justice held by the Lahore High Court concluded with an effective resolution and road map to deal with the threat of climate change in the region here on Tuesday.

28 February 2018
Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change Press Release

The “Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change: using Constitutions to Advance Environmental Rights and Achieve Climate Justice” in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB) was held in Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore on 26th -27th Feb 2018. 

14 February 2018
A Climate Change Litigation Bench Book for Judges of Asia and the Pacific

Post Paris Agreement 2015, the world rushes to agree on best measures for implementing commitments to ensure that countries can collectively work towards the 1.5°C temperature target. For its part, ADB continues in its work to support its developing member countries to meet this critical global climate target.

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.

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.