Environmental Democracy archive

  • Westminster

    The environmental impact of Brexit

    On Friday 31st January the UK will begin the process of cutting ties with the European Union, its laws and its institutions. But what does Brexit mean for the UK’s environment?

  • Re-election of Emily O’Reilly as EU Ombudsman: what has she achieved?

    On 18 December the European Parliament re-elected Emily O’Reilly for a second term as the European Ombudsman.

  • Court of Justice confirms standing of individuals to challenge Nitrate Action Programmes

    The European Court of Justice confirmed that directly concerned individuals have the right to challenge inadequate Nitrate Action Programmes in their national courts

  • EU watchdog piles pressure on the Council over fishing quota transparency following our complaint

    The EU Ombudsman has demanded the Council of the European Union release more information on fishing quota negotiations between governments.

  • CJEU confirms that environmental impacts of life-time extensions must be assessed

    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.

  • ClientEarth actions in support of global climate strike

    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.

  • European Commission building

    EU Commission announces environmental legal action: our response

    EU Commission announces environmental legal action. ClientEarth lawyers react.

  • New Aarhus draft findings: Life-time extensions of quarries require public participation

    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.

  • Lawyers allege illegal fishing activities in North Sea nature reserve

    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.

  • Environmental groups launch Brexit regulation court challenge over wildlife risk

    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.

  • New findings : Aarhus Convention applies to life-time extensions of major projects

    ACCC/C/2014/104 (Netherlands) : findings on a communication related to the timely extension of operation of Borssele nuclear power plant in the Netherlands.

  • Advocate General recommends CJEU to correct its Environmental Impact Assessment case law

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Person kayaking on body of water

    United Nations criticises UK’s access to justice failure

    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.

  • Child in playground with smoke stack in background

    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 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.

  • Image shows lake and mountains

    A new force in China’s environmental public interest litigation

    We explore the rise in environmental public interest litigation in China

  • The European Investment Bank

    ClientEarth takes EIB to court over failure to review financing

    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.