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ClientEarth Communications

6th November 2020


Webinar : "The EU Internal Review Mechanism: Access to justice for environmental NGOs under the Aarhus Regulation"

16th November 2020, 1pm – 2:30pm Brussels time (12pm – 1.30pm UK time)

This webinar will focus on access to justice for environmental NGOs under the Aarhus Regulation.  

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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  • Anais Berthier, Head of EU affairs, ClientEarth.
  • Sebastian Bechtel, Environmental Democracy lawyer, ClientEarth
  • Alice Bernard, Chemical lawyer (jurist), ClientEarth


Presentation 1 - The process leading up to the proposal to amend the Aarhus Regulation : Communication to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, Council request and Commission study & report.

Presentation 2 - The Commission proposal: Strong points & shortcomings : The problems addressed and the loopholes that remain.

Presentation 3 - Requests for internal review of EU chemicals decisions and subsequent litigation: A practical perspective

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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.