Access to Justice 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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    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.

  • 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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    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.