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ClientEarth Communications

7th November 2018


Upcoming Access to justice events in Hungary and France

Two major events on Access to justice will be held before the end of the year in Hungary and France, as part of the ATOJ-EARL project.

In Hungary, the Ombudsman’s Office is organising a commemorative event in honour of the 20th anniversary of the signature of the Aarhus Convention. EMLA, the Hungarian partner of the ATOJ-EARL project, will participate as an organiser and speaker.

The morning session will be dedicated to presentations on the Aarhus Convention and its impacts on the rights of the public. The afternoon session will feature a training on the sociology and practice of public participation, its legislation and practice, with particular attention given to barriers of access to justice.
The event will take place on 21 November 2018, 9:00-16:00, in the Ombudsman Office's large auditorium. Invitees include members of the judiciary, public administration, prosecutors, academic scholars and civil society representatives.

In France, ClientEarth supports the Limoges University (OMIJ-CRIDEAU) which organises a conference entitled “50 years of associations’ contribution to environmental litigation” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association France Nature Environnement.

It will feature four sessions:
- Mobilisation of environmental law by the associative movement: from the construction of the admissibility to the reinforcement of the law;
- the perception of the magistrate: the specificities of environmental litigation;
- evolutions of the law to the test of practice; and
- the perception of "victims": administrations and the industrial world.
This conference will take place on 3 December 3, 2018, at the University of Law and Economics, amphi Sirey, Limoges, France.

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.