Access to Justice archive
EU Commission announces environmental legal action. ClientEarth lawyers react.
Find out more about recent case-law, reports from the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee and our project resources.
In Poland and Bulgaria, citizens and NGOs concerned about air pollution have been denied standing to bring a legal challenge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawyers report Bulgaria and Poland to EU Commission for blocking access to justice to ensure clean air
ClientEarth has called on the European Commission to take action against Bulgaria and Poland for blocking people’s access to the courts to protect their right to breathe clean air.
ClientEarth lawyers have launched a guide to assist legal professionals and organisations in Europe take legal action to protect the environment.
We explore the rise in environmental public interest litigation in China
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.
The CJEU held on 13 December that cities have standing to challenge acts of the Commission that affect their regulatory powers.
The Court of Justice of the EU has today ordered the European Commission to reverse a decision that allowed car manufacturers to exceed emission limits during on-road tests.
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.
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.
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.
It is time for Europeans to have the right to act collectively if they are the victim of industry abuse.
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.
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.
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.
New laws are part of an “alarming trend” towards the restriction of people’s environmental rights, say legal experts.
The European Commission has just published a guide to help citizens understand Access to Justice in environmental matters.
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.