Rule of law archive

  • EU flags outside of the European Commission building in Brussels

    Key EU Commission speech: gaps between words and action

    EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the Union speech today revealed a worrying discrepancy when it came to the environment.

  • Flowers in a Field

    Body of Polish case law pertaining to the nature conservation law.

    This body of case law presents the cases issued by the Polish courts in the area of nature protection, in which the collected evidence allowed punishing for environmental crimes and offences.

  • Advocate General: Access to justice for the “public concerned” is not dependent on the exercise of public participation rights

    Advocate General Bobek has advised the Court to confirm that the Aarhus Convention, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive and the Industrial Emissions Directive guarantee access to justice for the public concerned by a proposed activity, even if they did not take part in the preceding public participation procedure.

  • UK’s biggest seafood businesses urge Government to put sustainability at heart of Fisheries Bill

    Businesses from the Sustainable Seafood Coalition are calling on Environment Secretary George Eustice to make vital changes to the Fisheries Bill and seize a pivotal opportunity to develop world-leading sustainable fisheries management.

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    A major win for the civil society of Hungary: EU Court rules that NGO Transparency Law is contrary to EU Treaties

    The Hungarian Transparency Law imposing several obligations on NGOs receiving funding from third countries has been judged contrary to the EU Treaties by the EU Court.

  • Class Actions for Europe: The Collective Redress Directive

    The European Parliament and the Council reached a final agreement on the text of the Collective Redress Directive. It provides a new legal avenue to enforce EU law intended to protect people and the planet.

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    No space for illegal development – CJEU clarifies EIA and SEA remedies

    A new Court of Justice judgement regarding the interpretation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive provides interesting clarifications as to the consequences if no SEA is carried out before the plan/programme is adopted.

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    Virtual conference on access to justice in environmental matters

    Sign up now for our virtual conference on access to justice in environmental matter on 15 & 16 October 2020.

  • Protecting the UK environment: Brexit and beyond – five minutes with our lawyer, Hatti Owens

    Since the EU referendum in 2016, ClientEarth’s UK environment team has been working to secure progressive and ambitious environmental protection for the UK in spite of Brexit. Hatti Owens tells us about her work to reduce the impact of Brexit on our environment.

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    Inquiry opened over EU failure to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal

    Following our complaint, the European Ombudsman has launched an inquiry into the EU Commission’s trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries. This includes our claims that the Commission failed to seriously consider the deal’s environmental, social, and human rights impact.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice&Environment

    Find out more about the latest case-law on access to justice and sign up to our webinar!

  • Court of Justice ensures standing for individuals to challenge breaches of the Water Framework Directive

    A number of individuals in Germany sought to challenge a decision to authorise the construction of a new motorway which allowed the developer to discharge rainwater from the road’s surface into three bodies of surface water or into groundwater.

  • Commission accepts access to justice complaints concerning Poland and Bulgaria

    The latest Commission infringement package brings some good news for access to justice.

  • The European Climate Law and Access to Justice

    In early March, just before the onset of the current COVID 19 crisis, the European Commission presented its proposal for a European Climate Law, a flagship initiative under the Green Deal.

  • Advocate General: Habitats Directive screening applies to temporal extensions of construction permits

    This opinion from Advocate General Kokott considers whether an extension of the duration of a construction permit triggers the appropriate assessment obligations in Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive.

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    We take action against the EU for failing to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal

    The European Commission has ignored its legal obligation to ensure the trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries will not lead to social, economic, environmental degradation and human rights violations, our new legal complaint highlights.

  • Webinar “Enforcing the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts”

    This webinar provides an overview of the legal framework that applies to individuals and NGOs seeking to enforce the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts.

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice&Environment

    Read our latest access to justice updates!

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    Webinar 8 – Enforcing the Habitats Directive in national courts

    This webinar provides an overview of the legal framework that applies to individuals and NGOs seeking to enforce the Habitats Directive in national courts.

  • 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

  • Spain organizes 2nd training on access to justice

    IIDMA held the second access to justice training session in Spain, targeting a wide range of professionals from the legal sector, especially lawyers.

  • The Court of Justice of the EU continues to exclude EU citizens from EU external relations

    In an ‘unfortunate’ ruling, the Court of justice of the EU (CJEU) has decided to continue excluding members of the public from the debate on investment courts, despite the threat this arbitration system represents for the rule of law and the environment.

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    We’re taking action as public money used to evict people for coal in Romania

    Our lawyers and Bankwatch Romania have submitted a complaint to the European Commission after the Romanian government funded evictions of homeowners by a coal company.

  • photo of fisherman to illustrate story saying Commission fishing quota proposal ignores scientist call to catch 60% less plaice

    Two biggest recipients of EU fisheries fund misused EU tax payer money, report finds

    In a recent report, we found that France and Spain have so far failed to use the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in conservation efforts to end overfishing and restore the marine environment.