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Access to justice rights have been embedded in the Aarhus Convention for the last twenty years but there are still no EU directive implementing them at EU level in a satisfactory way. Expertise in environmental law is lacking throughout most of national jurisdictions and lack of awareness about access to justice rights and the relevant case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU often results in depriving members of the public of access to courts. How is it possible to promote these rights and ensure members of the public have access to effective administrative and judicial remedies that are fair, adequate, and not prohibitively expensive? What role should judges play and to what extent should they compensate for the failure of public authorities to take action without encroaching on the powers of the legislative and executive branches of government? Is the European Parliament playing its role in integrating access to justice provisions into relevant pieces of legislation?
This session is part of the virtual conference that closes our 3 years European project on access to justice funded by the European Commission Life Programme and will provide an opportunity to engage in discussion with representatives from EU institutions and Member State authorities, legal professionals, judges and NGO representatives from all over Europe.
Conference Chair: Dr. Áine Ryall, Co-Director, Centre for Law & the Environment, University College Cork & Vice-Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee.
With kind regards,
Marie Toussaint is a lawyer and climate justice activist. She co-founded the association Notre Affaire à Tous and is at the origin of "L’affaire du siècle” (The Case of the Century). Elected as a Green MEP in May 2019, she sits on the environment, industry and legal affairs committees.
Jerzy Jendroska Ph.D, Managing Partner at Jendrośka Jerzmański Bar and Partners. Environmental Lawyers (JJB) and Adjunct Professor at Opole University (Poland) and Riga Graduate School of Law. Member of the Aarhus Compliance Committee and of the EU Expert Group on Access to Environmental Justice.
Prof Dr Luc Lavrysen is a judge in the Belgian Court (elected President starting Sept 25th 2020), professor of Environmental Law at Ghent University. He is also President of the EU Forum of Judges for the Environment and Member of the Interim Board of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment
Áine Ryall is Co-Director of the Centre for Law & the Environment at University College Cork. A qualified barrister, she is Vice-Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee.
Dr. jur. Csaba Kiss is environmental attorney at the Environmental Management and Law Association (EMLA), Budapest (Hungary). His field of work is environmental legal research and litigation. He also Coordinate the Justice & Environment network of EU public interest environmental law organizations.
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