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3 November 2014

First Meeting of ASEAN Judicial Working Group to Deepen Cooperation on Environment

The ASEAN Judiciaries Working Group on Environment met here today for the first time to explore ways to deepen cooperation on the region’s environmental problems in advance of the fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment taking place in Ha Noi in November.

Front (L–R): Bruce L Davis, Vice President – ADB, Lord Robert Carnwath, Judge, Supreme Court of England, G L Pieris, Minister of External Affairs, Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Rauf Hakeem, Minister of Justice, Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain from Bangladesh, Clifford Wallace, Senior Judge, Chief Judge Emeritus, The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Justice Christopher Gregory Weeramantry and Adel Omar Sherif, Deputy Chief Justice of Egypt Back (L–R): Sri Widowa
5 September 2014

Environmental Justice for Sustainable Green Development : The Third South Asia Judicial Roundtable in Sri Lanka

The Third South Asian Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice took place in Colombo under the theme of Environmental Justice for Sustainable Green Development.

8 August 2014

Third South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice

The Third South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice commenced at the Central Bank today with President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest. Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and ministers were among the participants.

15 March 2014

Environmental Justice Program 2011-2013

The OGC’s Environmental Justice Program under its Law, Justice and Development (LJD) program is in line with ADB’s long-term strategic framework1 which aims to (i) strengthen environmental regulatory frameworks and enforcement capacities of public institutions, recognizing good governance and capacity development as drivers of change; and (ii) promote regional cooperation. The program is also in line with ADB’s strategy for operational work on the environment from 2013 to 2020,2 which identifies environmental governance and natural capital as two of ADB’s four operational directions to promote transition to green growth.

Logs illegally harvested in Malaysia are loaded on trucks headed for market (Photo by Claude Barutel)
27 January 2014

Asian Judges Create Network on Environment

An Asian Judges Network on Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation among justices charged with enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve Asia’s natural capital. The three-day Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment held last week drew eminent judges and representatives of courts, environment ministries, prosecutor’s offices, the legal profession, and civil society from the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

9 December 2013

Unshackling the chains

The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, an icon of peace, freedom, justice and reconciliation. We are grateful for his inspiring example of unflinching courage, compassion, humility and forgiveness. He leaves a world racked with conflict and suffering. But, perhaps his death and his meaningful life would challenge us to take on the responsibility of leaving this world a better place for the children and those yet unborn, as he did.

6 December 2013

ASIA: Judges’ symposium launches environment network

The three-day Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment has formally launched an Asian Judges Network on Environment, marking a new level of cooperation amongst judiciary who enforce environmental laws and help preserve the region’s natural capital. ADB hosted the event in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines, UNEP, the World Wildlife Fund, US AID and the Freeland Foundation.

5 December 2013

Asian judges look to protect the environment

The Asian Judges Network on the Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation among justices on enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve the region’s nature.

4 December 2013

Welcome Remarks at the Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment: Natural Capital and the Rule of Law

Welcome remarks by ADB President Takehiko Nakao at the Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment: Natural Capital and the Rule of Law held in Manila, Philippines on 2 December 2013

26 November 2013

ASEAN Chief Justices Explore Legal Solutions to Environmental Threats

Legal responses to cross border threats from climate change, pollution, deforestation and the illegal trade in wildlife and timber are at the top of the agenda at a meeting of Chief Justices from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok, Thailand.

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