Environmental Democracy archive
On 18 December the European Parliament re-elected Emily O’Reilly for a second term as the European Ombudsman.
The European Court of Justice confirmed that directly concerned individuals have the right to challenge inadequate Nitrate Action Programmes in their national courts
The EU Ombudsman has demanded the Council of the European Union release more information on fishing quota negotiations between governments.
The CJEU has clarified that Member States authorities are obliged to conduct assessments under both the Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Directive when deciding to extend the operating time of polluting infrastructures.
Today is a global climate strike. Many of our staff are going to their local demonstrations, adding their voice to the movement and supporting young people fighting for their future. Others will be continuing their everyday work to protect people and the planet.
EU Commission announces environmental legal action. ClientEarth lawyers react.
On 3 July 2019, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee published its draft findings regarding an Irish communication on a decision to extend a quarry permit by 5 years.
ClientEarth has lodged an official complaint with the European Commission over what we say is illegal management of protected North Sea nature reserves, which have been left decimated by damaging fishing practices.
Lawyers from ClientEarth have helped launch a High Court challenge to the UK government’s Brexit laws, over sweeping new powers that may weaken protection for seas and wildlife in the UK.
ACCC/C/2014/104 (Netherlands) : findings on a communication related to the timely extension of operation of Borssele nuclear power plant in the Netherlands.
The CJEU published the Opinion of AG Kokott concerning a preliminary reference from the Belgian Constitutional Court about a life-time extension of two nuclear power plant reactors without prior environmental impact assessment.
New Aarhus findings: ACCC/C/2014/100 (UK) – Committee explains public participation requirements for plans/programmes
Last week, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee has published its findings on communication ACCC/C/2014/100 (United Kingdom) concerning the controversial “High Speed 2” rail project from London to the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds.
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
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.
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.