A judge has fast-tracked ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB’s case over new environmental justice rules. Mr Justice Dove also granted a total cost cap of £10,000 for the three charities combined.
James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth said a snap election is a perfect opportunity for all parties to put the environment and pollution at the heart of their agendas.
The Brexit Secretary David Davis has failed to set out robust and unambiguous plans which will safeguard the UK’s environmental protections after the UK leaves the EU.
The Compliance Committee has confirmed that the EU is breaching the access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention by preventing individuals and NGOs bringing cases in EU courts.
Today Theresa May triggered Article 50, formally notifying the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. ClientEarth has issued a warning about the serious risks ahead if the environment is neglected.
“Working at ClientEarth allows me to practise as a lawyer and fight for a cause I believe in at the same time. Ensuring the correct implementation of the Aarhus Convention not only leads to a better protection of the environment and public health but also brings democracy in providing the public with rights that make them part of the decision-making process and in turn make our decision-makers accountable. Aarhus is about enabling the people to make the future their own.”
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