About Us

 

We are a network of university teachers, trainers, and practitioners dedicated to advancing the teaching and practice of environmental, climate change and sustainability law across Asia. 

Representing more than 200 institutions in 14 countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam), we aim to leverage our knowledge, skills, and connections to build local and regional expertise around environmental and climate change laws in order to increase the number of qualified legal specialists working within government, the judiciary, NGO's and the private sector.

Our ultimate objective is to develop a strong capacity for effective environmental governance in countries of the Asia-Pacific. By building environmental and climate law expertise, knowledge, and networks in the region, the implementation, compliance, and enforcement of environmental laws and standards can be improved.  

Our activities focus around 3 objectives:

  1. Expanding and enhancing the teaching and application of environmental and climate change laws through Train-the-Trainers (TTT) programs

    Senior professors from the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law work with local trainers to deliver 5-day intensive TTT In-country programs to demonstrate innovative teaching methodologies that range beyond traditional lecturing. These programs also cover core substantive elements of environmental and climate change laws, including the Paris Agreement and SDGs. TTT programs are offered simultaneously in English and the local languages.  Many TTT graduates now advocate for the inclusion of environmental law courses in their institutions, and for the subject to become a mandatory course across all law schools in their own countries.

  2. Developing strong regional, subregional and in-country champion networks

    TTT programs have created a critical cadre of trained environmental and climate change law champions who had never met before to share knowledge, network, collaborate and problem solve together. These nascent networks now support and inspire each other to continue the teaching and promotion of environmental law in Asia.

    Our champions are able to serve as resources and trainers to ministries of environment, environmental protection agencies, the judiciary, businesses and NGOs in their respective countries. 

  3. Providing a central platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration  

    Communication beyond the TTT programs continues, as well as the sharing of knowledge, best practices, and resources.  This website hosts teaching and training materials and a database of environmental law teachers, professionals, and institutions across Asia as well as trainers and associates from Australia, the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Development Partners

The TTT environmental law champions network is supported by the Asian Development Bank under its Law and Policy Reform Program in partnership with the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, a global network of some 200 Law schools from more than 50 countries across the globe that share a commitment to the advancement of teaching and research in environmental law.

ADB provides technical expertise, institutional, and financial support for in-country TTT programs and networks, regional roundtables, and this knowledge platform.