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ClientEarth Communications

14th January 2021

Access to Justice
Rule of law

Webinar - The EU Climate Law and Access to Justice

January 26th 2021, 12pm – 1:30pm Brussels time

The EU Climate Law provides the framework for the EU’s climate action in the coming decades. As well as enshrining the EU reduction targets into law, it sets out a governance framework to ensure that its commitments are respected in practice. To that end, the European Parliament proposes to add a provision that would allow EU citizens and NGOs to go to court in certain cases in which Member States fall short of their commitments.

At this online seminar, we will discuss this proposed provision and access to environmental and climate justice more broadly with a panel of distinguished speakers. We will hear from two of the Parliament negotiators on the EU Climate Law as well as an academic and a practitioner’s perspective.

Register here 

Presenters (see last-minute changes):

  • Michael Bloss, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA.
  • Silvia Modig, Member of the European Parliament, GUE/NGL.
  • Dr. Ciara Brennan, Lecturer at Newcastle University.
  •  Sebastian Bechtel, Environmental Democracy Lawyer at ClientEarth (last-minute replacement of Dr. Roda Verheyen, practicing lawyer at Rechtsanwälte Günther).

    The presentations will be followed by 30minutes to answer questions from the participants, with the last-minute additional participation of the legal expert Dr. Alison Hough, lecturer at Athlone Institute of Technology.

This seminar is organised by ClientEarth and Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-E).