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ClientEarth Communications

30th October 2020

Access to Justice

Webinar: “Access to justice in environmental matters under the European Convention on Human Rights”

NEW DATE ! January 11th 2021, 11am – 12:30pm Brussels time (10am – 11.30am UK time)

This webinar will focus on access to justice in environmental matters under the European Convention on Human Rights. We will provide an overview of the access to justice provisions in the Aarhus Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights, and the main differences and interactions between these two international treaties. We will then discuss the situations in which environmental lawyers can and cannot rely on the European Convention on Human Rights, with reference to the European Court of Human Rights case law on access to courts, equality of arms and legal standing in environmental matters.

This webinar is part of ClientEarth’s European project on access to justice, funded by the European Commission Life Programme and is intended for public interest lawyers, judges, public authorities and NGOs.

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  • Ewa Dabrowska, Environmental Democracy lawyer, ClientEarth
  • Irmina Kotiuk, EU Clean Air lawyer, ClientEarth


Presentation 1: The legal framework on access to justice: the Aarhus Convention, the ECHR and the relationship between them.

Presentation 2: When can environmental lawyers use the ECHR in court? Selected aspects of access to justice in environmental matters under the ECHR.

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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. ClientEarth and Justice and Environment are implementing this project with the financial support of the European Commission’s LIFE instrument.