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Environmental Democracy

  • Mountain path in Snowdonia

    UK government’s green watchdog plans lack legal punch

    ClientEarth calls on the UK government to strengthen its plans for an environmental watchdog after consultation reveals a toothless body post-Brexit.

  • Discussions in Brussels could lead to improved environmental democracy

    High hopes for improved public access to EU courts after talks at a meeting of the Council of the EU.

  • statue

    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.

  • Team

  • Sebastian Bechtel, Environmental Democracy Lawyer, ClientEarth

    Sebastian Bechtel

  • Image of environmental lawyer Anais Berthier

    Anaïs Berthier

  • Kamila Drzewicka, Environmental Democracy Lawyer, ClientEarth

    Kamila Drzewicka

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

    Anne Friel

  • Kristina Gasparovicova, Project Co-ordinator, Environmental Democracy, ClientEarth

    Kristina Gasparovicova

  • Sabrina Kon, Development and Programme Officer, Environmental Lawyers ClientEarth

    Sabrina Kon

  • Image of ClientEarth senior environmental lawyer Ludwig Kramer

    Ludwig Krämer

  • Diane Vandesmet, Events and Communications officer, ClientEarth

    Diane Vandesmet

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