ClientEarth’s environmental work depends upon creating transparency and forging clear lines of access to justice. We are working to achieve increased clarity and openness in the EU’s institutions and at national government level throughout Europe.

Access to Justice

  • C-664/15 Protect: CJEU rules NGOs must have access to justice in water law proceedings

    In a landmark judgment, the European Court of Justice ruled that environmental NGOs must have access to justice in water law proceedings. This case represents a huge breakthrough for access to justice rights in environmental matters in Austria, which have to date been extremely restrictive.

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    Belgian court provides opportunity to set binding precedent on the right of the public to enforce air quality monitoring rules

    The Court of First Instance of Brussels issued an interim judgment in the clean air case that ClientEarth is pursuing against the Brussels Regional government.

  • German NGO refused standing to challenge passenger car type approval

    On 13 December 2017 the Administrative Court of Schleswig Holstein handed down judgment in a case on access to justice for NGOs decided under the newly amended Environmental Appeals Act 2017. Following the entry into force of the amendment in August last year, legal discussions on its scope continue.

  • New project will help Europeans go to court to protect the environment

    Europeans should be able to bring environmental cases to court more easily in future, as ClientEarth and Justice and Environment have jointly launched the “Access to Justice for a greener Europe” (A2J EARL) project.

  • Team

  • Image of environmental lawyer Anais Berthier

    Anaïs Berthier

  • Anne Friel, Lawyer, European Union Aarhus Centre, Environmental Lawyers ClientEarth

    Anne Friel

  • Image of ClientEarth senior environmental lawyer Ludwig Kramer

    Ludwig Krämer

  • Gillian Lobo, Lawyer, Climate, Envrionmental Lawyers ClientEarth

    Gillian Lobo

  • Diane Vandesmet, Events and Communications officer, ClientEarth

    Diane Vandesmet

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