Asian Judges Symposium on Environmental Decision Making, the Rule of Law, and Environmental Justice: The Proceedings of the Symposium

Publication | July 2010

The judiciary plays a critical role in environmental enforcement by enunciating principles of environmental law, facilitating the development of environmental jurisprudence, and leading the legal profession to pursue the integration of sustainable development and environmental justice within strong national rule of law systems.

The symposium held on 28-29 July 2010 at the Asian Development Bank - whose proceedings are documented in this publication - brought together senior members of the judiciary and environmental ministry officials from Asian jurisdictions, academe, civil society, international organizations, and distinguished experts from developed countries and development institutions to share experience that will lead to an improvement in the quality of environmental adjudication on environment and natural resource cases in Asian jurisdictions. At the symposium, Asian judges proposed an Asian Judges Network on the Environment to improve the quality of environment court rulings and cases.


  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • Symposium Highlights
  • Part I: Background Paper
  • Part II: Opening Addresses
  • Part III: Closing Address
  • Appendixes