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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15 - 18 November 2013
Third ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN's Environmental Challenges and Legal Responses

The judiciary plays a critical role in managing and constraining these challenges. Hence, the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand is hosting this Third ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on the Environment—the regional judicial meeting that aims to expand collaboration and cooperation to enhance the judiciary’s role in developing and enforcing environmental law in the region.

30 - 31 August 2013
Second South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice

The Second South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice brings together Chief Justices, senior judges, and experts to consider common environmental challenges in the region, share experiences, and discuss opportunities for cooperation between judiciaries to enhance environmental adjudication and enforcement.

10 - 12 March 2013
Symposium on Combating Wildlife Crime
10 - 14 December 2012
Courts, Rule of Law and the Environment: A Side Event to the World Bank‰'s Law, Justice, and Development Week
7 - 10 December 2012
Second ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment

From 7-10 December 2012, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chief justices and their designees convened in Melaka, Malaysia for their second roundtable on environment. The roundtable provided a forum for experts to discuss common ASEAN environmental challenges and for ASEAN judges to share their experiences in handling environmental challenges. Towards the end, the participants discussed the draft Melaka Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation among ASEAN Courts, which aims to provide an operational framework for environmental cooperation among the ASEAN judiciaries, and agreed to establish a technical working group of judges to formulate the terms of the memorandum of understanding toward attaining the Jakarta Common Vision with the support of ADB.

13 October 2012
Judicial Colloqium on Biodiversity

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity took place from 8-19 October, 2012 in Hyderabad, India. The high-level Ministerial Segment was held from 16-19 October and a number of other events and meetings took place parallel to COP11 including the Communications, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Fair, the Rio Conventions Pavilion, the Cities’ Biodiversity Summit, among others.

14 September 2012
Sustainable Development Leadership Program: Green Courts and Environmental Lawyers: Achieving Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development

Constitutional rights to a healthy environment, and good environmental laws protecting forests, oceans, marine-life, and wildlife, and requiring environmental impact assessments for new development projects, exist in abundance in many countries in the Asia-Pacific. Yet, everywhere such environmental rights and laws exist, there are abundant examples of them being denied, going unimplemented, or unenforced.

17 - 20 June 2012
World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability

The World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability was held in Brazil, from 17-20 June 2012, with the aim to contribute to the support of Chief Justices, Attorneys General, Auditors Generals and other legal experts to the achievement of sustainable development and to provide inputs to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20.

24 - 25 March 2012
South Asia Conference on Environmental Justice

South Asia is a developing region comprising 3% of the world’s land mass and inhabited by 23.6% of the world’s population. Due to its geographical expanse, it’s full of natural and cultural wonders. However, rapid population growth and various development initiatives have caused immense degradation to its ecological diversity. The challenge of sustainable development and scarcity of natural resources are common to the whole region, giving rise to similar environmental concerns. Bhurban Conference managed to provide the common platform, much needed by the stakeholders to bring urgent attention to these serious and complex issues.

5 - 7 December 2011
Inaugural ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment

Chief Justices and senior judiciary from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed on a common vision on the role of the judiciary in tackling regional environmental challenges, such as deforestation and illegal logging, the illicit trade in wildlife, pollution and the destruction of coral reefs. The agreement was reached at a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia in a bid to step up cooperation on legal issues linked to the region’s shared environmental threats.

28 - 29 July 2010
Asian Judges Symposium on Environmental Decision Making, the Rule of Law, and Environmental Justice

The Symposium seeks to share experience that will lead to an improvement in the quality of environmental adjudication on environment and natural resource cases in Asian jurisdictions and improving access to environmental justice.