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

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the Superior Council of Judicial Magistrates, will hold trainings for Court of Appeal and district court judges on gender sensitization and violence against women and girls laws and procedures, including international best practices. In developing the training modules, ADB conducted extensive stakeholder consultations to gain an understanding of law and practice in relation to gender-based violence (GBV), experiences of survivors and the social and cultural norms most relevant to GBV in Timor-Leste, as well as held focused group discussion with judges to hear about their challenges. The trainings are supported under ADB’s regional technical assistance on the Promotion of Gender-Responsive Judicial Systems implemented by Office of the General Counsel’s Law and Policy Reform Program.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the National University of Management in Cambodia, will conduct an in-person TTT program in Siem Reap on 8-9 December 2022. This training aims to update participating environmental law teachers with best practice concepts in pedagogy, share lessons learned on distance learning and online pedagogy innovations learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, and introduce the draft Model Environmental Law Curriculum for the Greater Mekong Subregion.
As a culminating event under the current phase of ADB’s Developing Environmental Law Champions Program, this Regional Roundtable will be held to do a stock-take of environmental legal education in the Asia and the Pacific including an assessment of ADB’s Developing Environmental Law Champions Program. Furthermore, it will be an opportunity to collectively consider the preferred future of environmental law teaching.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Royal Academy of Judicial Professions of Cambodia (RAJP) will hold consultations on 30 November on training judges to adjudicate commercial law disputes. The consultation meeting forms part of an ongoing ADB technical assistance program entitled Strengthening Judicial Capacity Towards Sustainable Economic Development in Asia and the Pacific.
On 29 November, ADB and the Ministry of Justice held Cambodia’s first-ever Commercial Courts Symposium on operationalizing effective and efficient commercial courts, as part of overall support under CARM's Trade and Competitiveness Program and OGC's Law and Policy Reform Program. The Symposium convened over 120 senior government officials, judges, business leaders and international experts to exchange knowledge about experiences and lessons learned in developing commercial courts around the world.
ADB and Cambodia’s Ministry of Justice will hold a symposium, Operationalizing Effective and Efficient Commercial Courts – Sharing Experiences on Good Practices, Challenges and Lessons Learned in Phnom Penh on 28 November 2022 at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal.  
A high-level delegation from the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) will visit ADB headquarters and a special session will be held with ADB staff to shed light on important international private law developments relating to private sector development, trade and sustainable development. In particular, the UNIDROIT experts will cover legal instruments that can help increase access to credit especially in the agriculture sector and discuss the emergence of digital assets and their implications. ADB and UNIDROIT will consider the prospects for these legal instruments in the Asia and the Pacific context and explore collaboration opportunities.
General Counsel Thomas Clark, LPR colleagues and leading Asian judges and academics joined the Oslo International Environmental Law Conference from 3–6 October, showcasing the significant innovations in jurisprudence and environmental law education in our region.
Gretchen Aquino of the Asian Development Bank's Office of the General Counsel participated in the panel discussion at the virtual side event at the UN ESCAP’s Third Ministerial Conference on Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific. The forum presented the “Best Practice and Benchmarking Study: Legal and Policy frameworks for Promotion of Electronic Transactions and the Digital Economy.”
In this webinar, ADB's expert panel talks about the prospect of innovative agriculture finance products for ADB’s developing member countries and what it will take to make them work to help farmers increase their production capacity to help address the food insecurity crisis.
This event began with a presentation of the draft report followed by feedback, comments and discussion with the representatives from the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Association of E-commerce in Kyrgyz Republic, the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC) Institute, the International Trade Center (ITC), the Central Asia e-Commerce Law and Policy Project of the US Department of Commerce and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Secretariat.
ELAC and Gerthie work together with civil society groups to educate indigenous people and local communities to protect their sources of food, water and livelihoods. ELAC's strategic, grassroots approach was critical to their campaign to stop the planned division of Palawan into three smaller provinces, which could open doors for the easier passage of unsustainable, exploitative projects.