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ClientEarth Communications

7th December 2018

Rule of law
Access to Justice for a Greener Europe

Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment


Access to Justice in Austria: One step forward, two steps back
Austria takes first steps towards implementing the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on access to justice but concedes limited rights for environmental organisations. Read the full article by Katharina Scharfetter, Priska Lueger and Gregor Schamschula.

Our Analysis

IIDMA appeals to the Spanish Constitutional Court to uphold its right to an effective remedy
On 12 July 2018, the State Supreme Court of Spain rejected a case filed by the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA) in 2017 against the Spanish Transitional National Plan (TNP) for large combustion plants. Read the full analysis by Alba Iranzo.

Slovak regional Court stops Gold mining enterprise
In October 2018, a Slovak regional court ruled that a mining company did not qualify for a permit to mine gold, putting a temporary end to a project that raised serious environmental concerns. Read the full analysis by Ivana Figuli


Aarhus+20 and the first Hungarian training in the EARL project
In Hungary, a meeting was organised by the Ombudsman and EMLA to celebrate the Aarhus Convention and start the series of trainings on access to justice. Read the article for more information.

The Project

Access to justice is a fundamental means through which citizens and NGOs can support the implementation and enforcement of laws and policies to protect the environment.

The goal of this ATOJ-EARL project is to achieve  "Access to justice for a greener Europe". It strives to enhance access to justice in environmental matters by providing information, training and support for the judiciary, public authorities and lawyers of eight European member states.

For more information, visit our website.
ClientEarth and Justice and Environment are implementing this project with the financial support of the European Commission's LIFE instrument.

Anais Berthier, Senior Lawyer and Project Lead
Diane Vandesmet, Events and Communications officer