Rule of law archive

  • Series of webinars “Right to clean air and access to justice” January – February 2020

    We are launching a series of three webinars on the right to clean air and access to justice.

  • Re-election of Emily O’Reilly as EU Ombudsman: what has she achieved?

    On 18 December the European Parliament re-elected Emily O’Reilly for a second term as the European Ombudsman.

  • Access to justice references in the Green New Deal

    On 11th December, the European Commission adopted a communication which sets out the new European Green Deal Mrs Von Der Leyen had promised.

  • Court of Justice upholds public notice requirements

    On 7 November 2019, the CJEU clarified the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects

  • Court of Justice comes down hard on persistent failures to assess the environmental impacts of projects

    This judgment clarifies Member States’ obligations when a project has been permitted and work has commenced without prior environmental impact assessment (EIA)

  • Webinar 4: Step by step practical guide to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals

    This webinar will provide you with a step by step approach to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals.

  • Last training on “Access to justice for a greener Europe” at the Warsaw Bar Association in Poland

    The last of eight trainings under the “Access to justice for a greener Europe” (A2J EARL) project took place on 7 November 2019 at the Warsaw Bar Association.

  • The CJEU issued two landmark judgments on the Polish judicial system

    In November 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union issued two landmark judgments concerning the independence of the judiciary in Poland.

  • Environmental activists access EU court by breaking the law

    The case concerned a preliminary reference from the criminal court of Foix, France, regarding the validity of the EU Pesticides Regulation

  • Court of Justice confirms standing of individuals to challenge Nitrate Action Programmes

    The European Court of Justice confirmed that directly concerned individuals have the right to challenge inadequate Nitrate Action Programmes in their national courts

  • Greek Council of State establishes new test for NGO standing in transboundary cases

    On 13 September 2019, the Greek Council of State rendered judgement in a case brought by NGOs against the renewal of the permit of coal-fired power plants Megalapoli A and B.

  • EU Commission lays out options for the EU to comply with the Aarhus Convention : light at the end of the tunnel?

    Last October, the Commission submitted its study to the Council, which has been carried out by consultants, as well as a Commission report on the matter.

  • Webinar 3: Access to environmental information – How to tackle contentious exceptions

    The webinar “Access to environmental information – how to tackle contentious exceptions” will be held on December 5th 2019, from 12:30-1:45GMT+1.

  • Discussion on the Polish bill of the so-called coal mining special act

    The aim of the meeting was to analyse whether the changes proposed in the draft amendments to the Geological and Mining Law complied with Polish, EU and international law.

  • ClientEarth Poland trains NGOs on Access to justice

    ClientEarth held its sixth training on Access to justice at the European Commission Representation in Poland

  • EU watchdog piles pressure on the Council over fishing quota transparency following our complaint

    The EU Ombudsman has demanded the Council of the European Union release more information on fishing quota negotiations between governments.

  • CJEU confirms that environmental impacts of life-time extensions must be assessed

    The CJEU has clarified that Member States authorities are obliged to conduct assessments under both the Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Directive when deciding to extend the operating time of polluting infrastructures.

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    Read our latest analysis, updates and events on access to justice in Europe.

  • 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.