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ClientEarth Communications

16th April 2018

Rule of law
Access to Justice for a Greener Europe

Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment – March 2018


The importance of having access to justice to protect the environment and our health

Two recent decisions from national courts in air quality matters in the UK and Germany provide a bright example of why having access to justice is crucial... Read the full editorial by Ugo Taddei, Clean air project leader at ClientEart

Keep up to date on access to justice

Our Analysis

CJEU rules against the Commission : the health impacts of GMOs can be challenged under the Aarhus regulation

In a ground-breaking judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled that the health impacts of GMOs could be challenged under the Aarhus Regulation. Read the full analysis by Anaïs Berthier.

Slovak Regional Court ignores CJEU case law to deny access to justice

Via Iuris/Justice & Environment Slovakia is going to challenge regional Court’s decision denying citizens legal standing to challenge construction works close to protected areas. Read the full analysis by Ivana Figuli.

CJEU decision on justice costs could threaten access to justice

The CJEU recently adopted a disappointing interpretation of the rule that judicial procedures should not be prohibitively expensive in Article 11(4) EIA Directive. This could dissuade prospective applicants from challenging unlawful decisions. Read the full analysis by Anne Friel.

Years of legal battles ended with granting Austrian NGOs access to justice

A case by ÖKOBÜRO/Justice & Environment Austria has finally reached a verdict after years of legal battles for access to justice. Read the full analysis by Gregor Schamschula

Important judgments for clean air in Germany

Two landmark judgments of the German Federal Administrative Court regarding bans of diesel vehicles in specific areas of cities are a significant step in German environmental protection. Read the full analysis by Karl Stracke and Eva Lütkemeyer

Our Events

Means to improve access to justice in environmental cases discussed during workshop in Poland

On 21 March 2018, ClientEarth together with the Polish Ombudsman held a national workshop in Warsaw on access to justice in environmental matters. Read the report.

ClientEarth gathers legal experts in France to identify priorities on access to justice

On 3 April 2018 ClientEarth held a workshop in Paris on access to justice in environmental matters. Read the report.

These events are part of the ATOJ-EARL project to raise awareness about access to justice in Europe

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.

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