Recent and Upcoming Events of the
Asian Judges Network on Environment (AJNE)

Inaugural Quarterly Newsletter:  Issue 1, Volume 1 - July 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’s (OGC) Law and Policy Reform (LPR) Program started in 1995 to support the role of legal systems in the region’s economic development. The central premise of the LPR Program is that a properly functioning legal system is essential to sustainable development. The LPR Program covers broadly five areas – (i) environmental law and sustainable development, (ii) infrastructure law and regulation, (iii) financial law and regulation, (iv) private sector development, and (v) inclusive growth and access to justice. 

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Upcoming Activities

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 will be conducting a training course for session court judges hearing environmental law cases. Topics are 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 

21-25 August 2017
Workshop on Mainstreaming Legal Knowledge of Environmental Issues 
ADB is supporting the Supreme Court of Cambodia's request for a judicial training course 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, to effectively adjudicate environmental cases, and to learn from best practices from other jurisdictions.


Latest Events

Second Meeting of the Global Judicial Institute for the Environment (GJIE)
AJNE was represented in the Second Meeting of the Global Judicial Institute for the Environment (GJIE) by Justice I Gusti Agung Sumanatha of the Supreme Court of Indonesia, Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and Senior Judge Zhang Hua of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China. The event was supported by ADB and 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 objectives of the meeting were to draft and approve the Bylaws of the Institute and to develop an Action Plan for the next two years.
World Conference on Environment - 2017
The World Conference on Environment held in New Delhi, India championed pioneering approaches to a broad swath of environmental issues, such as the 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. Attended by delegates from six continents, the Conference is seen to impact global discussions on major environmental policy areas.
Innovations in Counter Wildlife Trafficking Conference
Justice Oscar V. Badelles of the Court of Appeals of the Philippines represented AJNE in USAID Wildlife Asia's Innovations in Counter Wildlife Trafficking Conference, held on 14-15 March 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Conference brought together more than 80 counter wildlife trafficking actors from Asia and the United States, representing the government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and the academe. Justice Badelles spoke on AJNE as an innovation in environmental jurisprudence.
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.
Sixth ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment: Forging the Sustainable Future of the ASEAN Region
From 10-13 November 2016, the Supreme Court of the Philippines and ADB cohosted the Sixth ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment with the theme "Forging the Sustainable Future of the ASEAN Region."

Latest Publications

Proceedings of the Fourth South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice
This publication documents the proceedings of the Fourth South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice, held on 28–29 November 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Fifth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN Judicial Cooperation on the Environment - The Proceedings
Climate change knows no limits—geographical, judicial, or administrative. The fifth roundtable began with a clear focus on the importance of cooperation and collaboration between judiciaries and the benefit of judicial networks.
Natural Capital and the Rule of Law: Proceedings of the ADB Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment 2013
This publication captures the proceedings of the Second Asian Judges Symposium: “Natural Capital and the Rule of Law” held 3–5 December 2013 in Manila, the Philippines.

Other Law and Policy Reform Projects on Environmental and Climate Change Issues

Environmental Champions Train-the-Trainers (TTT) Project
The aim of this program is to strengthen the capacity of environmental law professors and lecturers in Asia and the Pacific because of their critical role in educating the environmental law profession and creating the next pipeline of teachers, judges, public interest lawyers, civil servants and other environmental law practitioners. 169 environmental law professors from 105 institutions across 14 DMCs have been trained to date, with the network expected to grow to at least 250 professors from 160 institutions by the end of 2016. 
Legal Readiness for Climate Finance and Climate Investments
The objective of this project is to identify and assess legal and regulatory barriers to accessing international climate finance and implementing Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement. The project will kick-off with Fiji as the pilot country.

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