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ClientEarth Communications

5th June 2019

Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

Our Analysis

The General Court of the EU rejects the "People Climate case" as inadmissible

The applicants, families from different European countries, as well as outside the EU, and the Swedish Saami Youth Association, challenged parts of several pieces of EU legislation to comply with the “nationally determined contributions” under the Paris Agreement. Read the full analysis by Anaïs Berthier.

If you could not have known it does not count - EU Advocate general supports islanders' plea for justice
On 23 May 2019, the CJEU published an opinion of Advocate General Kokott concerning the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects. Read the full analysis by Sebastian Bechtel.

Our Events

Slovak NGO Via Iuris organised seminars for judges on Access to justice in environmental matters
Via Iuris, member of Justice & Environment, organised two seminars for judges in Slovakia. Read our report and download the presentations.

Polish seminars on Access to justice and the role of NGOs and the preliminary ruling procedure in the field of environmental protection
ClientEarth Polish office organised two seminars on access to justice in Poland. Read our report and download the presentations.

Our Resources

Legal toolkits on Access to justice in France and Poland
We have published country toolkits to help NGOs and legal professionals from France and Poland go to Court to protect the environment. Download the French toolkit here and the Polish toolkit here.

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.

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.