Rule of law archive

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    Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about Austria latest access to justice developments, IIDMA’s appeal to the Spanish constitutional court and Via Iuris analysis on a Slovak regional court decision to stop a gold mining enterprise.

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    EU Parliament sets obstacles to collective action for victims of corporate harm

    Members of the European Parliament have voted today to weaken a proposal from the Commission on EU collective redress, undermining the possibility for European citizens to defend themselves against illegal actions by companies, lawyers say.

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    Aarhus+20 and the first Hungarian training in the EARL project

    In Hungary, a meeting was organised by the Ombudsman and EMLA to celebrate the Aarhus Convention and start the series of trainings on access to justice.

  • Slovak regional Court stops Gold mining enterprise

    In October 2018, a Slovak regional court ruled that a mining company did not qualify for a permit to mine gold, putting a temporary end to a project that raised serious environmental concerns.

  • Access to Justice in Austria : One step forward, two steps back

    Austria takes first steps towards implementing the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on access to justice, but concedes limited rights for environmental organisations.

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    The legal perspective: Climate change’s influence on future business ventures

    “It is in your commercial interests to limit warming. This gives you legal cover to act, and legal risk if you choose not to.” Head of ClientEarth’s Climate programme Alice Garton addresses the  European Refining and Technology Conference.

  • IIDMA appeals to the Spanish Constitutional Court to uphold its right to an effective remedy

    On 12 July 2018, the State Supreme Court of Spain rejected a case filed by the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA) in 2017 against the Spanish Transitional National Plan (TNP) for large combustion plants.

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    ClientEarth statement on the Brexit withdrawal agreement

    The Brexit withdrawal agreement includes wording supportive of establishing a green watchdog. However there are serious gaps in the declaration, and no legal safeguards governing this cooperation. 

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about the battle for collective redress, our analysis on the recent case law and our upcoming events!

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    Germany clocks up further diesel bans as government tries to thwart courts

    Cologne and Bonn must introduce restrictions on diesel vehicles, as courts continue to be the main defender of people’s health from air pollution.

  • 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.

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    ClientEarth standing in Nord Stream 2 development permits cases

    ClientEarth has taken legal action against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline extension, a project to build and operate a new twin pipeline from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany.

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    Article 9(3) of the Aarhus Convention remains a dead letter in the European Union legal order

    The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that the Commission was right to reject a request for internal review from the NGO Mellifera regarding the authorisation of glyphosate.

  • Local community voices to be heard in illegal Romanian gold mine litigation

    Public interest law organizations filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Roşia Montană community affected by an illegal gold mine project in Romania.

  • The Battle for Collective Redress

    The European Parliament and Council are currently debating the fate of a directive proposal which would permit victims of corporate harm to bring a collective challenge to the courts.

  • Collective redress must be available for European victims of corporate harm

    It is time for Europeans to have the right to act collectively if they are the victim of industry abuse.

  • The Urgenda Climate Case and Access to Justice for environmental NGOs in the Netherlands

    On 9 October, the Hague Court of Appeal confirmed the District Court’s conclusion that the Netherlands must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% before 2020 to meet its obligations under national law.

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    Court of Justice of the EU condemns French court for failing to make preliminary reference

    For the first time in infringement proceedings, the CJEU has ruled that a national court, the French Conseil d’Etat, breached EU law for not making a preliminary reference regarding the interpretation of EU law in accordance with Article 267 TFEU.

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    Court of Justice decides that Irish courts must ensure that court costs are not prohibitive

    The Court of Justice of the EU has held that, in judicial procedures based on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive, national courts must interpret procedural law consistently with the requirement that proceedings must not be prohibitively expensive.

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    World-first climate risk case launched over major coal plant in Poland

    Company Enea will have to justify its decision to power ahead with the controversial project in court, as Poland feels the pressure before COP24.

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    Merkel’s new diesel tactic “impossible under EU law”

    Moving the goalposts is transparently not the way to clean up the air, according to clean air lawyer Ugo Taddei.

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    Historic climate litigation result stands after Dutch court victory

    As the UN pushes for urgent climate action, judges reaffirm governments must commit to fighting climate change.

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    Court rules against RWE, halting German forest clearance

    Environmental lawyers are calling for a ‘beyond coal’ policy as Hambach ruling sends RWE’s share price plummeting.

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    Campaigners challenge Bulgarian state over assault on access to justice

    New laws are part of an “alarming trend” towards the restriction of people’s environmental rights, say legal experts.