The Asian Development Bank (ADB), together with partner judiciaries, convenes chief justices and their designees from the supreme courts of Southeast Asian and South Asian countries in annual roundtable discussions on common environmental challenges. These roundtables serve as fora and knowledge-sharing platforms for concerned judiciaries, government officials, civil society, environmental law experts and other stakeholders to discuss environmental law, enforcement, and adjudication issues and ultimately promote environmental justice within the broader Asia and Pacific region.

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31 May - 1 June 2022
Symposium on Judges and the Environment: The Impact of the Stockholm Declaration in Shaping Global Environmental Law and Jurisprudence

Fifty years after the UN Conference on the Human Environment, one of the greatest legacies of the Conference and the Stockholm Declaration has been the impact on national constitutions, legislation, and jurisprudence. Nearly every country that has adopted a new constitution or made major revisions since 1972 has included a right to a healthy environment.

5 - 7 April 2022
Second ASEAN Environmental Law Conference - Transforming Principles into Practice

ASEAN faces many pressing environmental and social challenges that require multilayered and innovative responses. This Second ASEAN Environmental Law Conference aims to bring together ASEAN and non-ASEAN experts to share stories of successes and failures and examine potential legal, policy and community-based actions to transform principles of environmental law into practice. The Conference will also aim to foster networks and collaborative approaches to environmental problem-solving. 

9 December 2021
Webinar: Ecocide as a new international crime

For the first time in the Asia-Pacific region an expert panel will consider the proposed definition for the crime of ecocide.

19 October 2021
Emerging Climate Change Risks for Companies and Financial Institutions

The webinar will shed light on the emerging climate change risks for companies and financial institutions in ADB developing member countries. 

7 October 2021
Climate Change and Courts

A renowned panel of experts will shed light on the unique challenges, tools, resources, and knowledge-sharing opportunities that judges face in climate change cases. Participants will comprise judges and representatives from judicial academies and schools, multilateral development banks, academia, and legal communities.

14 - 16 July 2021
Inaugural IUCN Oceania Environmental Law Conference in conjunction with the 2nd World Environmental Law Congress Oceania Regional Event

IUCN Oceania Regional Office (ORO), in partnership with the US Embassy in Fiji, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), with support from the Pacific Network for Environmental Law is hosting the Inaugural IUCN Oceania Environmental Law Conference in conjunction with the 2nd World Environmental Law Congress from 14-16 July 2021.

31 May - 4 June 2021
IUCN-WCEL Environment Week

In celebration of World Environment Day 2021, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) is hosting a series of webinars on environmental law solutions.

9 - 11 December 2020
Asia-Pacific Judicial Conference on Climate Change: Adjudication in the Time of COVID-19

The emergence of COVID-19 has brought major challenges to all peoples of the world in unexpected ways. Many point to our unabated abuse of nature as the underlying cause of this pandemic. It has amplified numerous existing challenges such as weak health institutions and lack of social protection for the most vulnerable. It has also added to the already alarming issue of rapid climate change, presenting more complexities for the processes of adjudication and the achievement of climate justice.

6 March 2020
Workshop on Climate Change and Its Impact on Vulnerable Groups: Voices of the Child - Advancing Climate Justice in the Pacific

OGCs Law and Policy Reform Team organized a capacity-building workshop for judges and climate activists during the 84th Extraordinary Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Samoa on 6 March 2020. Challenges and opportunities in climate litigation involving vulnerable groups, like women and children were discussed.

7 - 8 October 2019
Asia-Pacific Judicial Conference on Climate Change Adjudication: Trends and Impacts

The conference is a continuation of the annual gathering of AJNE Chief Justices, senior judges, legal and multi-disciplinary experts, and environment and climate change advocates, which began in 2011; and will be the first one to be held in the Pacific region.

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.

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

14 - 15 March 2017
Innovations in Counter Wildlife Trafficking Conference

By elevating the issue of wildlife crime and wildlife law reform, partners can assist champion Judiciaries (Asian Judges Network on the Environment), AGs (Attorneys General) and Parliaments from the ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) to gain a solid legal foundation to fully enforce wildlife laws that will help catalyze a significant shift in the regional trade context. Strengthening relevant laws and their enforcement remains the biggest challenge ahead, but represents a crucial strategy to create effective deterrents for illegal wildlife trade, and dismantle the criminal syndicates behind it.

25 - 26 November 2016
South Asia Judicial Conference on Environment and Climate Change

The Fifth South Asia Judicial Conference on Environment and Climate Change held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aims to promote environmental adjudication, enforcement, and justice in South Asia, as well as discussion regarding the key environmental concerns and climate change challenges and needed regulatory and judicial responses. It is also an opportunity for the participating judges and the environmental practitioners to develop a common understanding of the issues and available legal solutions.