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ClientEarth Communications

3rd September 2018

Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment


Poland’s breach of nature laws shows importance of access to justice for environment

Last month, the European Commission initiated infringement proceedings against the Polish government for breaching nature protection laws. Read the full article by Agata Szafraniuk, lawyer at ClientEarth.

Our Analysis

What can the Aarhus region learn from the Escazú Agreement?

At the end of September, the “Latin American Aarhus Convention” will open for signature. Time to have a closer look at the Agreement, in particular to see what Europe can learn from this specifically concerning access to justice. Read the full analysis by Sebastian Bechtel.

NGOs denied access to Court in Polish air quality case

The Supreme Administrative Court of Poland ruled that NGOs do not have legal standing in cases relating to the penalties that may be imposed on local authorities for exceeding deadlines for the adoption of Air Quality Programs. Read the full analysis by Kamila Drzezwicka.

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.

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