Access to justice for a greener Europe archive

  • Country toolkits on Access to justice

    We have launched a series of legal toolkits to assist legal professionals and organisations in eight European countries take legal action to protect the environment.

  • 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.”

  • Polish seminars on Access to justice and the role of NGOs and the preliminary ruling procedure in the field of environmental protection

    ClientEarth Polish office organised two seminars in Katowice and Krakow on Access to justice and the role of NGOs and the preliminary ruling procedure in the field of environmental protection.

  • VIA IURIS organises seminars for judges on Access to justice in environmental matters

    As part of the access to justice for a greener Europe project, Via Iuris organised two seminars for judges in Slovakia.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    Find out more about recent case-law, reports from the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee and our project resources.

  • Poland and Bulgaria deny access to justice to citizens and NGOs fighting dirty air

    In Poland and Bulgaria, citizens and NGOs concerned about air pollution have been denied standing to bring a legal challenge.

  • Spanish Supreme Court rules that ENGOs receiving legal aid do not have to pay court costs

    In March 2019, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled in an unprecedented order that court costs should not be a barrier to access to justice for environmental NGOs.

  • Ruling on glyphosate renewal: the General Court divided over public authorities’ right of standing

    The General Court of the EU rejected a case brought by the Brussels region to challenge the Commission’s regulation renewing the authorisation of glyphosate.

  • States fail to remedy access to justice failures

    At the end of February, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee published its first set of “Progress Reviews”. These analyse to what extent Parties found to have breached the Convention have remedied those failures.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    Case law on Access to justice rights

    This document contains relevant access to justice case law, from the Court of Justice of the EU and the General Court along with findings of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (ACCC).

  • 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.

  • 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.