Rule of law archive

  • The UK environment

    Why the UK environment bill matters

    Today, the Government released its long-awaited Environment Bill to tackle the UK’s biggest environmental challenges. Without it, we risk weaker protections for our environment

  • Road in China with trees and pedestrians

    International seminar on environmental law for ‘Greening the Silk Road’

    Greening the Silk Road was the focus of the recent International Seminar on Environmental Adjudication co-hosted in Beijing by the Supreme People’s Court, ClientEarth China and Environment and Resources Law Institute and the China Law Society.

  • EU internal review mechanism: CJEU confirms broad principles on scope and standard of review

    The CJEU has confirmed the broad principles defined by the General Court on the scope and standard of its review in the context of the internal review procedure.

  • Nord Stream 2 and Access to justice in Sweden and Finland

    ClientEarth has seen the conclusion of two domestic proceedings with important implications for access to justice in environmental matters in Sweden and Finland.

  • Access to justice in environmental matters in Poland: what’s next?

    EU law also requires that the public and environmental NGOs have access to courts to challenge forest management plans. This was not the case in Poland.

  • Poland organises 5th training on Access to justice

    Employees of the Local Government Appeal Boards and Maritime Office took part in the fifth training organised within the framework of the “Access to justice for a Greener Europe” project. It took place on 17 September in Szczecin.

  • Webinar : “Challenging activities that harm the environment : article 9.2 of the Aarhus Convention”

    Sign up for our webinar “Challenging activities that harm the environment : article 9.2 of the Aarhus Convention ” on 17 October 2019 from 12.30 pm GMT+1 until 2 pm GMT+1 (Brussels time).

  • Beijing Skyline

    Top China judges visit UK for environmental law training

    Twelve top Chinese judges recently visited the UK for training to help them implement China’s ambitious new environmental laws.

  • Chinese Judges in Oxford

    ClientEarth deliver training for 12 Chinese Environmental Judges in collaboration with the University of Oxford

    ClientEarth and the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment have designed and delivered a leadership development programme for 12 Environmental Judges.

  • European Commission building

    EU Commission announces environmental legal action: our response

    EU Commission announces environmental legal action. ClientEarth lawyers react.

  • New Aarhus draft findings: Life-time extensions of quarries require public participation

    On 3 July 2019, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee published its draft findings regarding an Irish communication on a decision to extend a quarry permit by 5 years.

  • Internal review procedure: the General Court places further restrictions on access to justice

    In an appeal against a Commission internal review decision, the General Court has set restrictive criteria regarding the arguments that can be raised before it to challenge the act subject to internal review.

  • Access to justice seminars in Germany, Spain and Belgium – June 2019

    Seminars on access to justice were given in Berlin, Madrid and Brussels as part of the A2J EARL project.

  • Commissioner for Human Rights states environmental degradation is a violation of human rights

    On 4 June 2019 Dunja Mijatović, the Commissioner for Human Rights, released a comment on the connection between human rights and the environment.

  • Interactive platform on Access to Justice

    As part of the Life Access to Justice for a Greener Europe project, we have developed an interactive platform on Access to Justice for public interest lawyers and civil servants in Estonia, Hungary and Poland.

  • Lawyers allege illegal fishing activities in North Sea nature reserve

    ClientEarth has lodged an official complaint with the European Commission over what we say is illegal management of protected North Sea nature reserves, which have been left decimated by damaging fishing practices.

  • Environmental groups launch Brexit regulation court challenge over wildlife risk

    Lawyers from ClientEarth have helped launch a High Court challenge to the UK government’s Brexit laws, over sweeping new powers that may weaken protection for seas and wildlife in the UK.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    Find out more about recent case-law, events and resources on access to justice in environmental matters.

  • EU Advocate General supports islanders’ plea for justice – If you could not have known, it does not count

    The Advocate General Kokott gave its opinion concerning the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects.

  • The General Court of the EU rejects the people climate case as inadmissible

    On 8 May 2019, the General Court rejected as inadmissible what has become known as “The People’s Climate Case.”

  • Investor-state dispute settlement must go to protect our environment

    Following widespread criticism in recent years, reforms of the controversial arbitration mechanism are underway at international level.

  • New findings : Aarhus Convention applies to life-time extensions of major projects

    ACCC/C/2014/104 (Netherlands) : findings on a communication related to the timely extension of operation of Borssele nuclear power plant in the Netherlands.

  • Advocate General recommends CJEU to correct its Environmental Impact Assessment case law

    The CJEU published the Opinion of AG Kokott concerning a preliminary reference from the Belgian Constitutional Court about a life-time extension of two nuclear power plant reactors without prior environmental impact assessment.

  • New Aarhus findings: ACCC/C/2014/100 (UK) – Committee explains public participation requirements for plans/programmes

    Last week, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee has published its findings on communication ACCC/C/2014/100 (United Kingdom) concerning the controversial “High Speed 2” rail project from London to the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds.