28 February 2020
European Commission takes first step to amend the Aarhus Regulation
Following a 12 year battle initiated by ClientEarth, the European Commision has taken a first step to amend the Aarhus Regulation. The Commission's website references a proposal to improve access to justice in environmental matters at EU and national level.
We welcome this step and call for an ambitious proposal.
More information on that matter should follow soon...
Of Munich’s Air and Prisons: New Court of Justice Ruling on Effective Remedies
Shortly before Christmas, the Court of Justice (CJEU) rendered judgement on a preliminary reference from the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria.
Analysis by Sebastian Bechtel
Advocate General opinion suggests restricting Member State discretion to set standing criteria for individuals
This opinion from Advocate General Hogan considers significant questions relating to access to justice under both the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Water Framework Directive.
Analysis by Anne Friel
Two recent judgments in Hungary clarify the environmental liability regime
In the last months of 2019, two judgments were made by Hungarian courts that clarify certain aspects of environmental liability and that are of interest in terms of access to justice in environmental matters.
Analysis by Csaba Kiss
EU-wide conference on access to justice in environmental matters – 13 May 2020
This conference will be an opportunity to hear from professionals dealing with the issue from varied perspectives including lawyers, NGOs, national and EU judges as well as officials from the European Commission. The discussion should enable us to learn, share experience, best practices and hurdles on access to justice, and discuss possible ways to overcome them.
More than 100 lawyers for the environment in our database!
To help citizens and NGOs go to court to protect the environment, we have gathered contact details of more than 100 environmental lawyers from various European countries.
Have a look at our database
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.
For more information, visit our website.
ClientEarth and Justice and Environment are implementing this project with the financial support of the European Commission's LIFE instrument.
Anais Berthier, Senior Lawyer and Project Lead
Diane Vandesmet, Events and Communications Officer