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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.

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.  

Chief Justice of the Union U Htun Htun Oo meets with Ms.Irum Ahsan, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Consultation Mission
22 May 2018

Chief Justice of the Union U Htun Htun Oo meets with Ms.Irum Ahsan, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Consultation Mission

Chief Justice of the Union U Htun Htun Oo received Ms. Irum Ahsan, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Consultation Mission at 09:30 in the Meeting Hall of the Supreme Court of the Union.

Justices of the Supreme Court of the Union U Aung Zaw Thein and U Soe Naing meet with Ms.Irum Ahsan, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank(ADB) Consultation Mission
22 May 2018

Justices of the Supreme Court of the Union U Aung Zaw Thein and U Soe Naing meet with Ms.Irum Ahsan, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank(ADB) Consultation Mission

Justices of the Supreme Court of the Union U Aung Zaw Thein and U Soe Naing received Ms. Irum Ahsan, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank(ADB) Consultation Mission at 10:30 in the Meeting Hall(down floor) of the Supreme Court of the Union.

Members of the Pakistan Supreme Court, Lahore High Court judges, foreign delegates, including environment and climate change experts, lawyers and activists took part in the conference.
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.

Members of the Pakistan Supreme Court, Lahore High Court judges, foreign delegates, including environment and climate change experts, lawyers and activists took part in the conference.
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. 

ADB saw the growing need for judges to have tools for navigating the inevitable tide of climate change litigation during the 2016 Third Asian Judges Symposium on Law, Policy, and Climate Change.
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.

The City Government of Puerto Princesa maintains nurseries of mangrove seedlings to complement the Fisheries Resource Management Project.
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.

Mr. Nakao noted there had been more than 700 climate change litigation cases globally.
26 September 2016

ADB President Opens Judges Symposium on Climate Change’s Impact on Law

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao today opened the Third Asian Judges Symposium on Law, Policy and Climate Change, calling on the region’s judicial systems to play a key role in helping countries contribute to global efforts to mitigate climate change and its impacts.

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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.

Dam on the Dong Nai River in Viet Nam.
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.

Community forest rangers in Viet Nam.
25 April 2016

Companies in Viet Nam to become liable for environmental crimes

Viet Nam is a country rich in biodiversity, but is also facing rapid economic growth, with a resultant increase in environmental threats. Viet Nam has already experienced a number of significant environmental problems, the most devastating often being the result of corporate—rather than specific individual—activity.

Sunset at a beach in Karnataka, India.
8 April 2016

Asian judiciary: Emerging leaders in climate change action

In the flurry of reports and social media updates on the progress of COP21—and its historic success—there has been a major focus on the role of national governments working together to shape effective global climate change policy and regulatory reform.

ADB co-hosted the Fourth South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice on 28-29 November in Kathmandu, where Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha of Nepal and Deputy General Counsel Ramit Nagpal opened the event. Attendees included judges, legal professional, and participants from South Asia and other regions. The event was co-organized with the Supreme Court of Nepal and supported by WWF-Nepal.
14 January 2016

How ADB got judiciary to lead work on the environment

The Asian Judges Network on Environment (AJNE) was started at the Asian Judges Symposium attended by senior judiciaries. Under this initiative, judicial roundtables have been held in South and Southeast Asia. Asia is the only region in the world which convenes Chief Justices’ roundtables dedicated to environmental justice – and ADB is the only regional multilateral development bank supporting such meetings.

Group photo of the participants from the Session 1 of the Third Roundtable for ASEAN Chief Justices on Environment held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 15-18 November 2013.
28 November 2013

Cooperation between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Law (SAARCLAW)

Established in October 1991, SAARCLAW is a regional apex body of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It is composed of judges, lawyers, law academics, and other stakeholders in South Asia. It has an Honorary Secretary-General with an Executive Council and country chapters. According to its Charter, SAARCLAW was formed for the purposes of disseminating information, promoting cooperation and understanding of the legal developments in the region, and developing law as an instrument of social change.

Photo of Justice Richard Malanjum Chief Judge
13 November 2013

Commentary: Third ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on Environment - Third ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on Environment (15 – 18 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

For two days, from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ASEAN Chief Justices or their representatives had fruitful discussions on environmental issues with special reference to their respective Judiciaries.

It was my second attendance after the Melaka Roundtable. The Bangkok meeting was a success. Participations were excellent. Personally I learned quite a lot after hearing the experiences of the judiciaries in the other ASEAN countries. 

7 July 2013

Asian Chief Justices, Judges Propose Network to Promote Environment Justice

Asian judges proposed creation of an Asian Judges Network on the Environment to improve the quality of court rulings on environment and natural resource cases in the region at a seminar held at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Photo of participants during the Third ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on Environment, held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 5 - 18 November 2013.

Third ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on Environment (15 – 18 November 2013, Bangkok)

The Third Association of Southeast Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) Chief Justices Roundtable on the Environment (the “Third Roundtable”) convened on 15 – 18 November, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss the next steps for cooperation amongst the ASEAN judiciaries to enforce and shape effective environmental law for the region. The Third Roundtable brought together Chief Justices, or their representatives, from member countries of ASEAN, along with other environmental experts. It was jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank (“ADB”) and the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand.