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Judicial conference

The number of environmental and climate change cases is growing and the recent special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on global warming of 1.5°C is likely to play a role in the volume of future climate change cases.

Held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 29-30 October 2018, the event equipped participants with knowledge about pressing environmental and climate change issues that require their urgent attention and solutions that they can readily adopt.

Co-organized by the Supreme Court of the Union of Myanmar, the Asian Development Bank and UN Environment, the event highlighted the important role judiciaries play in advancing sustainable development and the environmental rule of law. Over 200 participants across Asia-Pacific, including judges and legal stakeholders, academics, litigators, and civil society representatives discussed

  • the environmental and climate change challenges faced by countries in Asia and the Pacific, particularly their judiciaries;
  • the impact of climate change on vulnerable groups;
  • the issues of urbanization, ship-breaking, and waste;
  • community action geared towards protecting the environment and addressing climate change;
  • regional and global judicial perspectives about the role of judges in dealing with climate change;
  • and the latest developments and challenges in environmental and climate change litigation.


Conference booklet