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EU environmental legislation is relatively very advanced and new laws are still being adopted under the Green Deal agenda. There is however still a significant implementation and enforcement gap that must be closed. Environmental organisations and individuals have become an increasingly important player in resorting more and more to strategic litigation to address the lack of enforcement of these laws by public authorities. Are NGOs doing enough? Does strategic litigation actually have the intended impact on the ground? Are judges bold enough, knowing the legal and institutional boundaries they must respect, including the principle of separation of powers? Are the Courts the most impactful forum to bring cases?
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,
Anaïs Berthier is the Head of EU Affairs at ClientEarth in our Brussels office. She has been leading the Environmental Democracy programme for the last 12 years. As such her work focused on ensuring the implementation and enforcement of the procedural rights provided by the Aarhus Convention.
Dr. Lorenz E. Riegler, LL.M., practicing lawyer for 20 years in Vienna, member of the Bar. Studies in Amsterdam, Graz, Aberdeen (LL.M. in Intern and European Law), and Salzburg. Scientific staff at the Austrian Const. Court (1998-2000), University lecturer for environmental law, various publications
Dr. Andrew Jackson is Assistant Professor of Environmental Law at University College Dublin and a solicitor with O’Connell and Clarke. Andrew has litigated public interest environmental cases for many years, including before the Irish, English and EU courts. He recently acted in Climate Case Ireland
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. Caroline Douhaire LL.M. works since 2015 as a lawyer in the law firm Geulen & Klinger, active in a number of proceedings concerning clean air, clean water and climate protection. She studied law in Berlin, Paris and London and wrote her doctorate in agri-environmental law on fertilisation.
Dennis van Berkel is legal counsel to the Urgenda Foundation in the Netherlands, and co-director of the Climate Litigation Network, which supports climate cases worldwide.
Agata Szafraniuk is a Wildlife Lead and senior lawyer for Central and Eastern Europe at ClientEarth, where she oversees and manages wide-range issues related to legal aspects of nature conservation. She holds a master’s degree in law from Warsaw University and is a qualified as advocate in Poland.
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