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ClientEarth live : Access to Justice and the Preliminary Reference Procedure

About this webinar

This webinar focuses on the important role that the preliminary reference procedure (Article 267 TFEU) plays within the EU legal framework on access to justice.

This webinar is part of ClientEarth's European project on access to justice, funded by the European Commission Life Programme and is intended for public interest lawyers, judges, public authorities and NGOs.


  • Anne Friel, Environmental Democracy lead, ClientEarth
  • Leonor Caldeira, EU Litigation Lawyer, ClientEarth
  • Fred Logue, Principal, FP Logue Solicitors


Introduction :the role of the preliminary reference procedure in “access to justice”

  • Enforcing the Aarhus Convention in Member States in the absence of a directive on access to justice;
  • Challenging acts of the EU institutions: validity references

Presentation 1: The preliminary references procedure – What it is and how it works?

  • The EU legal framework: Article 267 TFEU and relevant case law
  • The role of national courts
  • CJEU reference judgements and their legal value
  • Preliminary reference statistics and what they tell us.

Presentation 2: The preliminary reference procedure from a practitioner’s perspective

  • Fred Logue, Principal of Fred Logue Solicitors, will provide an insight into two preliminary reference procedures in which he acted for environmental organisations.”

Questions from participants.

Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    Leonor Caldeira EU Litigation Lawyer @ ClientEarth

    Leonor Caldeira joined ClientEarth’s Brussels office in April 2020 as an EU Litigation Lawyer focusing on a wide range of strategic impact litigation both at EU and national level. She is a qualified lawyer in Portugal and holds a masters degree (LLM) from Queen Mary University of London (2016).

  • Team member
    Anne Friel Lawyer, Environmental Democracy Lead @ ClientEarth

  • Team member
    ClientEarth Team

  • Guest speaker
    Fred Logue FP Logue

    Fred Logue is the principal of the law firm FP Logue. He is also a leading information lawyer, advising on access to environmental information, data protection and privacy. He acted in major information law cases before public authorities, decision makers, Irish Courts and the EU institutions.


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