Rule of law archive

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    Read about our new legal guide to protecting the environment, rivers given legal rights and other important updates from Spain and Hungary.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    The European Commission is organising a public consultation on how the EU should implement the access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention.

  • Janus-faced Supreme Court: Two recent rulings impact on Hungary’s environmental case law

    Two judgments handed down by the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria) in February will affect environmental cases going forward.

  • Legal rights of rivers – an international trend?

    On 30 January 2019, the High Court of Bangladesh recognized the river Turag as a living entity with legal rights and held that the same would apply to all rivers in Bangladesh. This monumental decision is the latest example of a trend towards according rights to nature.

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    United Nations criticises UK’s access to justice failure

    ClientEarth lawyers call on the UK to take access to justice seriously after a damning United Nations report outlines the UK’s failure to comply with its international legal obligations in allowing the public to bring legal cases to protect the environment.

  • IIDMA appeals a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court to uphold its right to legal aid

    In January 2019, the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente appealed a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court which ordered it to bear the costs of a dismissed lawsuit.

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    Lawyers warn Lloyd’s over legal risks of underwriting contested Carmichael coal mine

    “The irony is that by enabling new coal projects, insurers are undermining their own viability. It is a stark case of climate hypocrisy.”

  • ClientEarth launches European legal guide to protecting the environment

    ClientEarth lawyers have launched a guide to assist legal professionals and organisations in Europe take legal action to protect the environment.

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    A new force in China’s environmental public interest litigation

    We explore the rise in environmental public interest litigation in China

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    EU Parliament-approved investment agreement may be illegal

    Lawyers have warned that a European investment agreement, endorsed yesterday by the EU Parliament, may not be compatible with the law.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about the case won by 161 Italian citizens before the European Court of Human rights, recent case law from the Court of Justice of the EU and our updates on the project.

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    161 Italian citizens won before the European Court of Human Rights

    The applicants complained about the effects of toxic emissions from the Ilva steel plant in Taranto on the environment and their health, and about the ineffectiveness of domestic remedies.

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    First Polish seminar on access to justice organised at the Ombudsman’s Office

    The barriers and challenges related to access to justice in environmental matters were the subjects of a seminar organized by ClientEarth in the last week of January in the Office of the Ombudsman in Warsaw.

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    General Court considers availability of effective judicial remedies in national courts

    The General Court dismissed an action brought by a Slovak chemicals company against an EU Regulation prohibiting the use of mercury and mercury compounds in certain manufacturing processes.

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    CJEU: Coreper decisions are challengeable under Article 263 TFEU

    This case concerned a challenge by the Commission of a Coreper decision approving the submission of a reflection paper to the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

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    Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about the public consultation on access to justice, Hungarian law on administrative courts, judgments from the CJEU and our new lawyer’s database,

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    ClientEarth organises a seminar on Access to Justice for the Polish Ombudsman’s lawyers

    The first seminar of the year on Access to justice will be held on January 29th in Poland, as part of the ATOJ-EARL and IVF projects.

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    What will the new Hungarian law on administrative courts bring for access to justice?

    After much protest from the opposition parties in the Parliament, the Government’s overwhelming majority voted in favor of a new law that will set up separate courts for adjudicating in administrative matters.

  • Why we need to reply to the public consultation on access to justice in environmental matters

    The European Commission launched a public consultation on the EU’s implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the area of access to justice.

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    ClientEarth takes EIB to court over failure to review financing

    In a European first, environmental lawyers are taking the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the EU’s highest court for refusing to apply crucial environmental scrutiny to its funding decisions.

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    EU court: national authorities must disapply national rules that are contrary to EU law

    The Court of Justice of the EU confirmed that national bodies that apply EU law in the exercise of their powers must be able to disapply conflicting provisions of national law.

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    Cities as the new environmental watchdog in the EU?

    The CJEU held on 13 December that cities have standing to challenge acts of the Commission that affect their regulatory powers.

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    Ostroleka C owners ‘on a financial tightrope’ ahead of capacity market auction

    ClientEarth has issued a further legal warning to Polish energy companies Enea and Energa as they prepare to bid for state subsidies for controversial coal power plant Ostrołęka C.

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    UK Government announces Environment Bill: ClientEarth reaction

    ClientEarth law and policy advisor Tom West reacts to the UK government’s new environment legislation, which establishes a new, independent environment body and creates a statutory framework for environmental principles.