The Asian Development Bank's Law and Policy Reform Program is anchored on the Rule of Law.

A functioning legal system is essential to sustainable development and ensures that the benefits of growth are equitably and widely shared. It is comprised of a comprehensive legal framework and effective judicial, regulatory, and administrative institutions that establish, implement, and enforce laws and regulations fairly, consistently, ethically, and predictably.



What's New

Thomas Clark, General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank addressed global environmental leaders on the need to strengthen the environmental rule of law to accelerate action in addressing the triple planetary crises of climate, nature, and pollution at Stockholm+50 Conference.
On 23 May 2022, Bruce Gosper, ADB Vice-President (Administration and Corporate Management) delivered opening remarks highlighting the role of the formal justice system in addressing the global pandemic of violence against women and girls to a hybrid audience attending in Fiji and virtually.
ADB and the University of World Economy and Diplomacy convened a conference on the development of international commercial arbitration in Uzbekistan, following the enactment of the Law on International Commercial Arbitration (ICA Law) which was supported by ADB. 
Over 4,500 participants attended the three-day conference covering 15 sessions on the myriad of environmental and social challenges facing the ASEAN region. The conference brought together development partners, civil society organizations, judges, academia, lawyers, private sector and other interested stakeholders from 66 countries to discuss legal, policy and community-based actions to transform principles of environmental law into practice.
ADB's Law and Policy Reform team met with the newly appointed Chancellor Rosmari Carandang (2nd female to be Chancellor) and her team from the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) and representatives from the Supreme Court to discuss capacity building of special commercial court judges and inclusion of courses on environment and climate change into the judicial education program.
On 25 January 2022, His Excellency Alfonso Lopez, the Prosecutor General and the ADB team discussed their cooperation on the development of customized training modules for prosecutors; development of standard operating procedures to assist in evidence gathering for GBV cases; prosecution strategies that understand, support and protect GBV survivors and thoughtfully interact with vulnerable witnesses; expansion of knowledge of the causes and consequences of GBV; and advocacy tools to sensitively reach out to intended stakeholders and audiences and in the process build greater confidence in the formal justice system.
For the first time in the Asia-Pacific region an expert panel will consider the proposed definition for the crime of ecocide. Join us for this very important discussion on Thursday, 9 December 2021, at 5:00-6:30 PM, Thailand Time.
ADB's Law and Policy Reform Program supported an international commercial arbitration workshop for Cambodian judges convened by the National Commercial Arbitration Centre (NCAC) and the Ministry of Justice on 25 November via Zoom.
ADB’s TTT Country Focal Points (CFPs) comprising senior professors from 12 countries across Asia convened on 25 October for a 3rd Virtual Roundtable to discuss developments around environmental and climate change laws and legal education.
In this webinar, global experts discussed regulatory developments, climate-related disclosure, board of directors' duties and liabilities and climate litigation, and identified risk assessment tools.
At the 9th Council of ASEAN Chief Justices (CACJ) meeting on 7 October, the ASEAN Chief Justices adopted a declaration calling on its Working Group on Judicial Education and Training to collaborate with ADB and submit an implementation plan for CACJ's approval.
A renowned panel of experts shed light on the unique challenges, tools, resources, and knowledge-sharing opportunities that judges face in climate change cases. Participants comprised of judges and representatives from judicial academies and schools, multilateral development banks, academia, and legal communities.