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

 
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Quarterly Newsletter:  Issue 1, Volume 2 - February 2018

A Climate Change Litigation Bench Book for Judges of Asia and the Pacific

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The Office of the General Counsel's Law and Policy Reform Program team has been hard at work on designing a bench book for judges to support them in responding to litigation related to climate change, environment, and sustainable development. The idea for the book flowed from outcomes of the 2016 Third Asian Judges Symposium on Law, Policy, and Climate Change. In the course of the symposium, ADB saw the growing need for judges to have tools for navigating the inevitable tide of climate change litigation. » Read more
 

 

Upcoming Activities



26-27 February 2018 - Lahore, Pakistan

Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change: Using Constitutions to Advance Environmental Rights and Achieve Climate Justice
Hosted by the Lahore High Court in Pakistan. Co-sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asian Judges Network on Environment (AJNE), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI), the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and the Global Judges Institute on the Environment (GJIE). Organized in partnership with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, and Widener University Delaware Law School (USA).

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. The judicial colloquium will assemble senior judges from across Asia Pacific and other legal stakeholders (Government, prosecutors, civil society, academicians) to discuss the role of the judiciary in advancing environmental rights and climate justice.

Q3 2018 - Thimphu Bhutan (Final dates to be confirmed)
Workshop for the Royal Court of Justice of Bhutan on Environment and Climate Change Adjudication
The Asian Development Bank, in collaboration with the Supreme Court of Bhutan, will design and deliver a customized training program for judges sitting on green benches. The development of special rules of procedures for the green benches has also been proposed.

November 2018 - Myanmar (Final dates and location to be confirmed)
Asian Judges Roundtable on Climate Change  
This annual gathering of Asia and Pacific judges will discuss the increasingly important and central role of judges in addressing climate change. It comes at a time when an uptick in climate change cases is expected, particularly in a region most affected by this phenomenon. Organized in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Union of Myanmar.

Q4 2018 - 2019 - Kathmandu, Nepal (Final dates to be confirmed)
Workshop for the Nepal Judiciary on Environment and Climate Change Adjudication
The Supreme Court of Nepal and the Nepal Judicial Academy seek to institutionalize a curriculum and training program on environment and climate change law. Judges, court officers, and relevant ministries are the intended participants.
 

 

2017 Events

Workshop on Mainstreaming Legal Knowledge of Environmental Issues
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.  
 
Strengthening Capacity for Environmental Law in Malaysia’s Judiciary: Train-the-Judges Program
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.
 
Second Meeting of the Global Judicial Institute for the Environment (GJIE)
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
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
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.
 






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