28 Feb 2019 Story Environmental rights and governance

Building sustainable judicial capacity in Asia and the Pacific

Legal experts from around the world gathered in November 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw, for a two-day workshop to help Myanmar improve its legal framework in the fight against environmental crime, and to boost Myanmar’s review of environmental and climate change-related legal issues. 

Legal experts from Britain, Australia, the United States, Brazil, Kiribati and New Zealand attended the conference, as well as chief justices, judges and justice officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and Pacific nations.

Among the topics discussed were challenges to the implementation of the Myanmar political framework in environmental conservation and climate change, environmental conservation and human rights, the rapid expansion and settlement of urban areas, the judicial perspective on environmental conservation and climate change, and the adjudication of cases.

U Tun Tun Oo, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Myanmar, said that courts in other nations need to support this kind of work to strengthen effective decision-making and implementation of environmental laws.

This year, the Myanmar parliament is expected to administer harsher punishments to those who breakthe Biodiversity and Conservation Areas Law and the new Forestry Act.

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