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ClientEarth Communications

25th May 2020

Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice&Environment

Our analysis

Commission takes first step towards better NGO access to the European Court of Justice
On 6 March, the European Commission published a Roadmap proposing an amendment of the Aarhus Regulation. This great step follows a ClientEarth case before the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee and 11 years of campaigning.
If not delayed by the current crisis, the Commission will likely submit its proposal to the Council and Parliament by September. This is a first step to obtain access to justice at EU level and a moment to celebrate, although the devil will be in the details...

Read the analysis by Sebastian Bechtel

Our events

Important update on our EU wide conference
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, our EU-wide conference on Access to justice in environmental matters originally scheduled on May 13th 2020 is postponed. We will let you know as soon as we have a new date for it. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe!

Spain organizes 2nd training on access to justice
On Wednesday 29 January the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA) held the second access to justice training session in Spain, targeting a wide range of professionals from the legal sector, especially lawyers.
More information

Our resources

More than 100 lawyers for the environment in our database!
To help citizens and NGOs go to court to protect the environment, we have gathered contact details of more than 100 environmental lawyers from various European countries.
Have a look at our database

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.

ClientEarth and Justice and Environment are implementing this project with the financial support of the European Commission's LIFE instrument.

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Anais Berthier, Senior Lawyer and Project Lead
Diane Vandesmet, Events and Communications Officer