ADB Law and Policy Reform Program
Asian Development Bank

Henry Cornwell

Counsel, Asian Development Bank (ADB)


Henry Cornwell joined ADB as counsel in 2020, supporting the operations of the Pacific and South Asia Regional Departments.  He co-leads ADB’s ‘Legal Toolkit for the Protection of Vital Ecosystems for Climate, Biodiversity, and Livelihoods’ technical assistance, which seeks to understand the region’s binding constraints and best practices in protecting our forests, and develop and proliferate legislative and institutional solutions to slow the pace of deforestation.

Henry obtained his LLB and BA from the University of New South Wales in 2016, and his Master of Public Policy from the London School of Economics in 2020.  He was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 2016.  Prior to joining ADB, Henry has worked as a finance and energy lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney, as a researcher at the Grantham Institute in London, and as Tipstaff (Judge’s Associate) to the Hon. Justice Ruth McColl AO at the NSW Court of Appeal.


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