Environmental Courts and Tribunals in Asia-Pacific

Best Practices, Challenges and the Way Forward


Environmental Courts and Tribunals in Asia-Pacific is an in-depth treatment of the features, best practices, challenges and future prospects for environmental courts and tribunals (ECTs) in the Asia-Pacific region. ECTs play an important role in improving environmental dispute resolution, access to environmental justice and environmental governance, but data and academic analysis on ECTs are very limited. This book fills that gap, with ten chapters authored by leading academics, judges and lawyers from multiple jurisdictions, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka, as well as pan-Asia-Pacific and global perspectives

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Linda Yanti Sulistiawati is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, National University of Singapore. Asia Pacific APCEL and also an Associate Professor of Law in Universitas Gadjah Mada. Linda was the Lead Author of UNEP's Environmental Courts and Tribunals, Guideline for Policymakers 2021, and also the Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report 6, Working Group 3 on Mitigation, 2023.

Sroyon Mukherjee is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, National University of Singapore. His research has been published in the Journal of Environmental Law, Review of European, Comparative & International Law, and has also been cited by the Supreme Court of India.

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Part 1
Bridging the Gap: Theories and Practice of  ect  s in Asia-Pacific
1 The Role of Environmental Courts and Tribunals in Delivering Environmental Justice
  The Honourable Justice Brian J Preston

Part 2
Challenges and Benefits of  ect  s in Asia-Pacific: Case Studies
2 India’s National Green Tribunal Quo Vadis?
  Gitanjali Nain Gill

3 Environmental Courts and Tribunals in the Philippines Opportunities and Challenges in Environmental Litigation
  Grizelda Mayo Anda

4 The New Zealand Environment Court Past, Present, and Future
  Laurie Newhook, Ceri Warnock and Alan Webb

5 Japan’s Administrative Environmental Tribunals 50 Years of the Pollution Dispute Resolution System
  Jo Toriyabe

6 Greening the Bench in Indonesia From Certification to Environmental Courts?
  Agung Wardana

7 Unearthing Environmental Justice Judicial Review and Pakistan’s Climate Crisis
  Ayesha A. Malik

8 Specialized Environmental Courts in China
  Yuhong Zhao

Part 3
Regional Perspectives on  ects : Prospects and Challenges
9 South Asian Perspectives on Environmental Courts and Tribunals Prospects and Challenges
  Kokila Konasinghe

10 Asia-Pacific Regional Perspective on Environmental Courts and Tribunals The Way Forward
  Linda Yanti Sulistiawati


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