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ClientEarth Communications

18th March 2019

Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

Our Update

ClientEarth launches European legal guide to protecting the environment
ClientEarth lawyers have launched a guide to assist legal professionals and organisations in Europe take legal action to protect the environment. Read the full report.

Our Analysis

IIDMA appeals a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court to uphold its right to legal aid
In January 2019, the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente appealed a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court which ordered it to bear the costs of a dismissed lawsuit. Read the full analysis by Alba Iranzo.

Legal rights of rivers – an international trend?
On 30 January 2019, the High Court of Bangladesh recognized the river Turag as a living entity with legal rights and held that the same would apply to all rivers in Bangladesh. This decision is the latest example of a global trend towards according rights to nature. Read the full analysis by Sebastian Bechtel.

Janus-faced Supreme Court: Two recent rulings impact on Hungary’s environmental case law
Two judgments handed down by the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria) in February will affect environmental cases going forward. Read the full analysis by Csaba Kiss.

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