Asian Judges Symposium on Environmental Decision-Making, the Rule of Law, and Environmental Justice
Jul 27, 2010
ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines
July 28, 2010 - July 29, 2010
Sponsoring Organization(s): 
United Nations Environment Programme, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, The Access Initiative, and the Supreme Court of the Philippines

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. To do so, it will

• bring together judges, environmental ministry officials, and civil society participants from Asian jurisdictions, and senior members of the judiciary and key experts from developed countries and development institutions to understand the factors that have led to the evolution of environmental jurisprudence in Asian and developed country common and civil law courts, and the ways different jurisdictions seek to promote environmental justice and ensure effective environmental adjudication;

• consider the modes of judicial education on the environment in Asian jurisdictions and the experiences of development partners in strengthening the capacity of judges in Asia to decide environmental and natural resource cases;

• share the work conducted under an ADB regional technical assistance project on environmental justice and adjudication; and

• consider the need for an Asia Pacific Judges Network on the Environment.

Asian Judges Symposium Background Paper.pdf276 KB
Asian Judges Symposium Concept Note.pdf171.05 KB