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ClientEarth Communications

24th July 2019

Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

Our Opinion

The Hungarian government retreated in a landmark issue
In Hungary, a new law which follows a dangerous trend of undermining the independence of judges will be postponed “for an indefinite time”. Read the full opinion by Csaba Kiss.

Our Analysis

Court of Justice of the EU backs Brussels citizens’ right to clean air
On 26 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued its preliminary ruling in Case C-723/17 Craeynest. This is the third time in 10 years that the CJEU supports the right to clean air of EU citizens. Read the full analysis by Irmina Kotiuk.

Internal review procedure : the General Court places further restrictions on access to justice
The General Court has set restrictive criteria regarding the arguments that can be raised before it to challenge the act subject to internal review. This undermines the already narrow opportunities for access to justice that internal review affords. Read the full analysis by Anne Friel.

Commissioner for Human rights states environmental degradation is a violation of Human Rights
On 4 June 2019, the Commissioner for Human Rights stated that environmental degradations are causing constant and serious violations of the European Convention on Human Rights. Read the full analysis by Malgorzata Kwiędacz-Palosz.

Our Events

Challenging non-disclosure of environmental information in the EU : sign up for our webinar
The webinar “Challenging non-disclosure of environmental information in the EU” will be held on September 26  2019 from 12.30 to 1:30 pm GMT+1. See the full program here. Sign up here.

Access to Justice seminars in Berlin, Madrid and Brussels – June 2019
Seminars on access to justice were given in Berlin, Madrid and Brussels as part of the A2J EARL project. Read our report and download the presentations.

Our Resources

New! Interactive platform on access to justice
We have developed an interactive platform on Access to Justice for public interest lawyers and civil servants.

Legal toolkits on Access to justice in France, Poland and Spain
We have published country toolkits to help NGOs and legal professionals go to Court to protect the environment. 

Legal guide on Access to justice in European law

ClientEarth lawyers have launched a guide to assist legal professionals and organisations in Europe take legal action to protect the environment. Download it here.

Lawyer database
ClientEarth and Justice & Environment have gathered details of legal experts across Europe to improve access to justice in environmental matters for all. Click here for more information.