Access to Justice archive

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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.

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    Commission publishes Citizen’s guide to access to justice in environmental matters

    The European Commission has just published a guide to help citizens understand Access to Justice in environmental matters.

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    People’s climate case highlights lack of access to the EU courts

    Thirty-six individuals and one youth organisation have filed an application for annulment with the EU’s General Court claiming that EU legislation on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is unlawful because it fails to prevent climate change.

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    ClientEarth lawyers win ground-breaking legal victory for EU transparency and accountability

    In a landmark judgment for participatory democracy, Europe’s top court has ruled in favour of ClientEarth lawyers in a long-running case for greater transparency in the European Union.

  • Poland’s breach of nature laws shows importance of access to justice for environment

    Last month, the European Commission initiated infringement proceedings against the Polish government for breaching nature protection laws.

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    Bulgarian president rejects cost hike on green court cases

    President cites “drastically increased fees” and warns of major threat to Bulgarian democracy.

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    Bulgaria puts price tag on environmental justice

    Bulgaria has passed a law today that restricts people, public institutions and NGOs’ ability to go to court for the environment.

  • ClientEarth helps build system for public interest cases by Chinese prosecutors

    Prosecutor cases are urgently needed to ensure that local governments abide by their legal environmental responsibilities.

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    Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find more about the EU Council’s decision on Aarhus, Hungarian ruling on access to justice and EU Ombudsman’s decision on State aid matters…

  • EU Ombudsman’s decision reinforces lack of access to justice in State aid matters

    In a disappointing decision, the EU Ombudsman has confirmed the EU Commission’s interpretation of the State aid rules that only competitors can have the status of “an interested party”.

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    China launches unprecedented judge training for environment cases

    ClientEarth and the Supreme People’s Court in China have this week coordinated an unprecedented training programme for judges on environment cases.

  • Council of the EU asks the Commission to comply with access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention

    The European Council has requested the Commission to submit a study on the Union’s options to explore ways and means to comply with the Aarhus Convention.

  • ClientEarth applauds rebellion against European Council’s shocking lack of access to justice ambition

    ClientEarth lawyers are backing the rebellion of several member states that are calling for greater EU ambition on access to justice in environmental matters.

  • EU delays compliance with international environment treaty

    The welcome push for the European Commission to obey a vital international environmental treaty could be unacceptably delayed due to the unambitious deadline set by the Council.

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find more about the anniversary celebrations of the Aarhus Convention, European cities going to Court against the Commission, CJEU decision on a letter from ECHA to France…

  • It is time for the EU to amend the Aarhus regulation to comply with international law

    In this article, we provide our answer to the EU Commission’s public consultation on access to justice. Amending the Aarhus Regulation is the only means available to bring the EU into compliance with its international law obligations.

  • ClientEarth and EEB call on EU Environment ministers to improve access to justice for the public at EU level

    In an open letter sent on April 10 to EU environment ministers gathered in Bulgaria, ClientEarth and the EEB call on the EU to comply with the Aarhus Convention, the UN’s flagship treaty on environmental democracy.

  • Supreme Administrative Court of Poland denies local resident the right to challenge air quality program

    In January 2018 the Supreme Administrative Court of Poland upheld the decision of the Regional Administrative Court denying standing to a resident, to challenge the air quality program adopted by the Silesian Regional Assembly.

  • New initiatives on access to justice from Brussels

    Two interesting and very welcomed initiatives pushing for more access to justice in environmental matters have been initiated by “Brussels”.

  • The Council, the new “guardian of the EU Treaty”

    The Council is considering relying on Article 241 TFEU to request the European Commission to propose to amend legislation on access to justice.

  • Call for release of environmental activists jailed over protesting on toxic spill in Vietnam

    ClientEarth is joining the United Nations experts call to release individuals jailed for protesting against a discharge of toxic industrial chemicals into coastal waters of Vietnam.

  • Discussions in Brussels could lead to improved environmental democracy

    High hopes for improved public access to EU courts after talks at a meeting of the Council of the EU.

  • Dieselgate: “Nobody in the EU is thinking of compensating the environment”

    The Commissioner for consumer affairs of the European Commission recently announced that the Commission will publish a proposal for a directive on group actions for consumers, in order to improve access to justice. We hope it can also include provisions on access to justice in environmental matters.

  • C-664/15 Protect: CJEU rules NGOs must have access to justice in water law proceedings

    In a landmark judgment, the European Court of Justice ruled that environmental NGOs must have access to justice in water law proceedings. This case represents a huge breakthrough for access to justice rights in environmental matters in Austria, which have to date been extremely restrictive.