Christina Pak is a Principal Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) who specializes in international finance and has been working on multi-sector projects across the Central West, Southeast and East Asia regions. She is also responsible for developing and implementing environmental law, climate finance and international arbitration law reform technical assistance (TA) projects under ADB’s Law and Policy Reform Program. Additionally, she is a member of ADB’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management and Environment thematic groups.
In particular, she is the team leader for ADB’s Developing Environmental Law Champions Program which aims to improve environmental legal education in Asia by strengthening the capacity of law professors and lecturers, creating national and regional networks and providing a regional knowledge platform (www.teachenvirolaw.asia). Currently, over 230 institutions across ADB’s 14 developing member countries (DMCs) are part of this program.
Christina also has been promoting the importance of having clear and sufficient legal and governance structures in place to attract more international climate finance. She has been co-leading the Legal Readiness for Climate Finance and Climate Investments TA designed to strengthen ADB DMCs’ legal and regulatory frameworks to meet their mitigation commitments and adaptation needs under the Paris Agreement. Christina has co-authored a well-received article on legal readiness in the Carbon & Climate Law Review and also writes on the emerging area of climate finance dispute resolution, highlighting the need to effectively resolve climate finance disputes critical to ensuring that climate finance can flow.
Prior to joining ADB, Christina was legal counsel and vice president for markets and international banking at a UK bank in Singapore and a capital markets and structured finance associate at two large New York City law firms. A national of the United States, she is admitted to the bar in the States of New York and New Jersey and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Union for Conservation of Nature World Commission on Environmental Law and International Bar Association.