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Report: Landmark ruling suggests investor-state dispute settlement illegal in all EU-investment deals
A report published today by ClientEarth and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) reveals that the recent Achmea ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could render investment agreements between the European Union (EU) or its Member States and non-EU countries illegal.
EDITORIAL : Two recent decisions from national courts in air quality matters in the UK and Germany provide a bright example of why having access to justice is crucial.
Via Iuris is going to challenge regional Court’s decision denying citizens legal standing to challenge construction works close to protected areas.
The CJEU recently adopted a disappointing interpretation of the rule that judicial procedures should not be prohibitively expensive in Article 11(4) EIA Directive.
CJEU rules against the Commission: the health impacts of GMOs can be challenged under the Aarhus Regulation
In a ground-breaking judgement, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled that the health impacts of GMOs could be challenged under the Aarhus Regulation.
Two recent decisions from national courts in air quality matters in the UK and Germany provide a bright example of why having access to justice is crucial.
On 3April 2018 ClientEarth held a workshop in Paris on access to justice in environmental matters.
Two landmark judgments of the German Federal Administrative Court regarding bans of diesel vehicles in specific areas of cities are a significant step in German environmental protection.
Coal plants must pay back €400 million in unlawful subsidies from Spanish government, environmental lawyers insist
Environmental lawyers are supporting the European Commission’s investigation into coal operators in Spain to decide whether they have to pay back millions in subsidies to the Spanish government.
ClientEarth and EEB call on EU Environment ministers to improve access to justice for the public at EU level
In an open letter sent on April 10 to EU environment ministers gathered in Bulgaria, ClientEarth and the EEB call on the EU to comply with the Aarhus Convention, the UN’s flagship treaty on environmental democracy.
On 21 March 2018, ClientEarth together with the Polish Ombudsman held a national workshop in Warsaw on access to justice in environmental matters.
This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March 2017 to March 2018.
Shell has been served legal notice today after Friends of the Earth Netherlands took the first step in a court case over the oil giant’s climate record.
A fresh wave of legal action brings the number of German clean air cases to 30, and may prompt authorities across the country to introduce diesel restrictions.
After Stuttgart’s “botched” attempt to appeal against diesel bans, authorities are still stalling on putting them in place.
The UK government has refused to make public its strategy to bring down illegal levels of air pollution.
The Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria has refused Brikel coal power plant permission to increase its coal burning capacity. The court said that the plant had systematically failed to comply with environmental laws.
The European Commission has been reprimanded for bad behaviour by the EU’s transparency watchdog, over its failure to release chemical data .
Speaking to the European Parliament today, ClientEarth chemicals lawyer Alice Bernard, said that more needs to be done to identify and ban these chemicals before the expiration of the EU 7th Environment Action Programme in 2020.
ClientEarth research has found that countries across the EU are not enforcing the EU Timber Regulation properly, risking illegal timber products being put on the European market.
On International Forests Day, we’re reflecting back on some of our achievements over the last year.
The European Commission has published two key studies on deforestation, one focusing on palm oil and sustainability certification, the other looking at how to step up EU action on deforestation.
The EU is one of the world’s largest consumers of timber, but illegal harvesting and trade in illegal timber products can damage forests and the people that rely on them.
ClientEarth lawyer Tatiana Lujan, explains that only by phasing out and banning unnecessary plastic will we protect people and the planet.