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ClientEarth’s environmental thinking

ClientEarth’s ‘Environmental thinking’ is a new approach from our legal teams, where we aim to go beyond the normal daily discussion and explore longer term and broader environmental perspectives on the fields in which we work. Here you will find published essays, comments on court judgments, and commentary on new European legislation.

Contributions in this section are from staff members of ClientEarth on environmental law and policy issues. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ClientEarth, but are made available here to stimulate reflections and discussions on the future of environmental policy and law – and the future of our client, the Earth.

Elisabeth Druel: How could the EU help to prevent unregulated and unsustainable fishing in the Arctic?

11 April 2016

If improved, a proposal from the European Commission on the sustainable management of the Union’s external fishing fleet will prevent EU vessels from carrying out unregulated and unsustainable fishing in the Arctic.

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James Thornton: On the value of law for the planet

27 February 2014

If our current human cultures are to survive and have a flourishing tomorrow, we need to bring about global systemic change, and do so quickly. This change will amount to a renaissance. It will need to be expressed in laws and embedded in our governance structures. Lawyers working in the public interest have a key role to play in this great transition.

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Ludwig Kramer: The Commission’s proposal for a 7th EU Environment Action Programme

15 January 2013

Time has come to discuss in public the EU Commission’s strategy for the environment, as it manifests itself through the elaboration and monitoring of environmental action programmes.

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