Fifth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN Judicial Cooperation on the Environment - The Proceedings

Publication | November 2016
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.

As leaders of ASEAN judiciaries gathered to discuss transboundary environmental issues, world leaders were gathering at the same time in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

COP21 provided a forum for national governments to address the most challenging transboundary environmental threat of our time—climate change. Simultaneously, Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, justice of the National High Court of Brazil and chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Commission on Environmental Law, opened the first session of the Fifth Roundtable with a call to action: asking judges to view their role as one that is “planetary,” and to work collectively in navigating transboundary and, in particular, climate change challenges. Climate change, like all other transboundary environmental challenges, knows no limits—geographical, judicial, or administrative.

Each session addressed this objective with specific discussions looking at mutual legal assistance between jurisdictions, the role of soft and hard environmental laws in the ASEAN region, and the potential for harmonized legal frameworks to deal with transboundary environmental concerns.

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Executive Summary
  • Highlights: Day 1
  • Progress of the ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment
  • National and Transboundary Environmental Challenges
  • Highlights: Day 2
  • Appendixes