ADB Law and Policy Reform Program
Asian Development Bank

Briony Eales

Team Leader, ADB Environment and Climate Change Judicial Capacity Building Program (Consultant), Asian Development Bank (ADB)


Briony Eales is a climate change and environmental lawyer working in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Law and Policy Reform program. She is currently the team leader for judicial capacity building for environmental and environmental law. During 2017–2020, Briony led detailed research into climate change law, policy, and litigation in Asia and the Pacific. ADB published the results as a 4-part report series, Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You. The reports discuss climate science, Asian and Pacific climate litigation, and regional and international climate law and policy. In her other work with ADB, Briony supported a Southeast Asia government with its climate law and climate change strategy update.

Briony previously worked as in-house counsel for Xstrata plc on a mining development project in Asia. She advised on environmental and social compliance, project risk, sustainable development, resettlement, and indigenous people’s engagement. Before moving to Asia, Briony worked in Australian law firms as a solicitor specializing in administrative and insurance law. Her clients included Australian government clients and major international insurers.

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