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15 April 2019
Global Judicial Institute (GJIE) on the Environment Meeting of the Interim Governing Council

ADB will host the meeting of the Interim Governing Committee (IGC) of the GJIE, at its Headquarters in Manila. Judges from Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, comprising the IGC, will meet to discuss plans and programs of the Institute in 2019 and 2020. 

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. 

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.

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.

31 January 2019
Environmental Rule of Law: First Global Report

The report individuates the governance system of various countries and simultaneously presses upon the conditional differences in various aspects of Environmental Management.

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.

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. 

Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware
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!).

Farmers with their cows in Myanmar during a very dry season.
30 January 2019
Climate Science and Litigation: It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here

Climate change is coming and it’s coming to a court near you. Climate litigation in Asia and the Pacific will grow and it will increasingly emerge as an issue during environmental and other litigation. Awareness of the science will be important for understanding the nature of cases in your docket and for resolving litigation.