Viet Nam’s new penal code reflects growing momentum across Asia in tackling environmental challenges and protecting biodiversity.
Atsuko Hirose has more than 20 years of professional legal experience in the private sector and at multilateral development banks. She joined ADB as Assistant General Counsel for the private sector legal group and was subsequently appointed as Advisor, OGC. In her role, Ms. Hirose oversaw OGC's Law and Policy Reform (LPR) program, which supported the development of legal and regulatory frameworks that foster economic growth and sustainable development in ADB's developing member countries. Ms. Hirose was actively involved in major projects under the LPR program, such as the ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment, where the members of senior judiciaries from the ASEAN countries discuss various challenges faced in adjudicating and enforcing environmental law matters, as well as spearheading the Asian Judges Symposium on Law, Policy and Climate Change. Ms. Hirose was also extensively involved in commercial law projects to assist private sector development in Myanmar, such as its Companies Law and Insolvency Law reforms. Prior to joining ADB, Ms. Hirose was Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), where she acted as Team Leader and lead counsel for numerous sovereign and nonsovereign projects. A graduate of Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor cum laude), Ms. Hirose is qualified as Attorney and Counsellor at Law in the State of New York and as Solicitor in England and Wales.
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Asian judiciaries are setting the global benchmark on legal climate action through their work on cases with environmental implications.