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Enabling effective legal and judicial systems for a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific

A functioning legal and judicial system establishes, implements, and enforces laws and regulations fairly, consistently, and ethically 

“The rule of law is needed to sustain development momentum 
and to ensure that the benefits of growth are equitably and widely shared.”
ADB Strategy 2030


Our Work

Establishing and strengthening legal and regulatory frameworks and building the capacity of stakeholders for a more sustainable and climate-resilient planet

Helping to break down barriers for fair access to justice and eliminating violence against women and girls

Enabling a conducive environment for the expansion of the digital economy, fintech development, and the digitalization of trade

Supporting an enabling environment to boost private sector growth, public-private partnerships, and foreign direct investment and trade


LPR In Action

In a major step forward for the country, Timor-Leste’s Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) unveiled the Handbook on Investigation of Gender-Based Violence Offenses for the Public Prosecution Service on 31 May 2024.
ADB's Law and Policy Reform Program, together with the United Nations Environment Programme, presented the Model Forest Act Initiative (MoFAI) to UN member states, permanent observers and regional and international organizations at the 19th Session of the UN Forum on Forests in New York City.
In conjunction with Bhutan's Ministry of Finance, ADB held stakeholders' consultations on the draft Insolvency Rescue Bill of Bhutan 2024 in Paro on 15-17 April 2024. The objective of the new law is to simplify the current insolvency law, which is seen as complex and impractical particularly for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and individuals. The new law also aims to build a "rescue culture" by providing options to debtors in distress amidst the current stigma towards bankruptcy.
On 4-5 May 2024, the ADB Office of the General Counsel's Law and Policy Reform Program held the Armenia Arbitration Judicial Colloquium in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia. The colloquium helped build participants' capacity to apply international and Armenian legal approaches to arbitration, using a practical approach in which participants grappled with scenarios based on actual cases.
On 20 April 2024 in Tbilisi, ADB’s Law and Policy Reform Program and Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program joined efforts with the Georgia Revenue Service, Digital Standards Initiative, and UNCITRAL to host more than 50 government officials and private sector representatives for a discussion on the Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (MLETR).

Flagship Programs

Asian Judges Network on Environment

A network of senior judges across Asia and the Pacific committed to judicial capacity building and multilateral exchanges on environmental and climate change adjudication

Model Forest Act Initiative (MoFAI)

A global partnership to produce a legal toolkit for policy makers, legislators, civil society organisations, and judiciaries for effective and sustainable forest management and conservation

Developing Climate and Environmental Law Champions

Building the next generation of climate change and environmental law experts by enhancing the capacity of legal educators and lawyers for better implementation and enforcement of laws

Legal Readiness for Climate Finance and Climate Investment

Modernizing laws to optimize options for climate finance and address legal barriers to climate investments