Fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable opens

Published on Saturday, 13 December 2014

PANO – The fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on the role of the judiciary in environmental protection opened on December 13th in Hanoi by the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

This regional multilateral forum of ASEAN Chief Justices aims to confirm the role and the vision of judiciary in an effort of protecting environment. At this forum, chief justices and magistrates will share their experience, national and international laws on environmental protection and discuss effective measures to control challenges towards the environment.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam Truong Hoa Binh stressed that the roundtable opens in the context that the environmental issues have become a global pressure. Many countries have alarmed environmental pollution and its bad consequences considering environmental protection a common urgent task of countries all over the world.

The Vietnamese Chief Justice also informed the delegates of the 2014 Law on Environmental Protection of Vietnam with many amendments to contribute to sustainable development. He also hoped to receive more shared experience on setting light on environment-related cases and to find suitable cooperation mechanism of ASEAN courts in environmental protection.

In his speech, ADB General Counsel Christopher Stephens highly appreciated Vietnam’s law reforms with a remark on Vietnam’s target of green growth and low carbon economy and expressed the deep impressions on Vietnam’s progresses in environmental protection

Themed “Environmental challenges and the role of judiciary”, the two-day roundtable will discuss 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. (Source: Mai Huong People’s Army Newspaper)