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Eleventh meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice under the Aarhus Convention

27 - 28 February 2018

Salle XXI, Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland


The eleventh meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice took place from 27 February 2018 (afternoon) to 28 February 2018 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle XXI).

The present meeting aimed to provide a platform for exchanging information on key recent developments concerning legislation, policy and case law with regard to the implementation of the third pillar of the Convention and possible measure to remove barriers hampering its implementation and therefore to contribute to implementing targets 16.3 (Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all) and 16.10 (Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements) of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 and other relevant goals and targets.

The thematic session of the meeting focused on promoting effective access to justice in cases on the right to environmental information. The Task Force took stock of good practices, barriers, challenges, innovative approaches, priority actions and needs to further promote effective access to justice in such cases and agreed to launch a survey to collect more detailed information on the matter. In addition, delegates discussed new developments related to the implementation of the third pillar of the Convention in general terms. The participants also examined tools to promote effective access to justice, including e-justice initiatives and initiatives promoting capacity-building and cooperation. Finally, the Task Force discussed the prioritization of the work during the inter-sessional period 2017-2021 in the light of decision VI/5. More information is available in the list of key outcomes as agreed by the Task Force (see document AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.5 below).

The Task Force based its work on the outputs delivered at the previous meetings. The background material for the meeting included relevant information derived from 2017 national implementation reports  and the 2017 synthesis report  as well as the Implementation Guide , relevant Compliance Committee findings  of a systemic nature, analytical studies  and jurisprudence database.

The meeting preceded by a special session (27 February 2018, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) for members of judiciary, judicial training institutions and other independent review bodies dedicated to effective judicial protection of the right to environmental information.

Read more about the meeting here.

Tags for the meeting: @UNECEAarhus, #AccesstoJustice, #EnvironmentalRights, #Right2info, #SDG16

 

 

 

 

 

Provisional agenda and other meeting documents are available in the section below. The background material for the meeting includes relevant information derived from 2017 national implementation reports and the 2017 synthesis report as well as the Convention’s Implementation Guide, the analytical studies and the jurisprudence database developed under auspices of the Task Force.

 

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Provisional agenda for the meeting (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.1)                     PDF
List of speakersPDF
List of outcomes (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.5)PDF
Report, (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2018/3)PDFPDFPDF
List of participantsPDF
Documents for all items
Decision VI/3 on promoting effective access to justice adopted by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention at its sixth session (Budva, 11-13 September 2017)PDF
Item 2. Access to justice in cases on the right to environmental information
Overview of the implementation of article 9, paragraph 1, of the Aarhus Convention (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.2)PDF
Selected considerations, findings and reports of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.3)PDF

Questionnaire on access to justice in cases on the right to environmental information

- draft (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.4)

- final (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.4 (final))


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Statements and presentationsENGFRERUS
Item 2: Thematic focus: Access to justice in cases on the right to environmental information
Mr. Josef Nejedly, Office of the European Ombudsman
Access to environmental information and access to justice in the context of the Aarhus Convention from the perspective of the European Ombudsman
PDF
Ms. Elizabeth Dolan, Office of the Irish Environmental Information Commissioner
Reviewing decisions on the right to environmental information
PDF
Mr. Miroslav Gavalec, Supreme Court, Slovakia
Aarhus Convention Impact on Slovak Case-law – the 18th preambular paragraph
PDF
Mr. Adrian Panciuc, Republic of Moldova
Outcomes of the work of the Task Force on Access to Information and experience of the Republic of Moldova
PDF
Mr. Daniel Lamfried, Germany
Effective access to justice in cases on the right to environmental information in Germany (slides and statement)
PDF
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Ms. Chloe Gambin, Malta
Access to Justice in Malta in relation to Access to Information Cases
PDF
Ms. Gordana Petkovic, Serbia
Legal protection and right to environmental information in the Republic of Serbia
PDF
Ms. Elena Trigo, Switzerland
How mediation proceedings on the right of information promote effective access to justice
PDF
Mr. Roberto Rando, European Investment Bank
Promoting credible alternatives to judicial review: the EIB Complaints Mechanism and access to environmental information
PDF
Mr. Vadim Ni, Ecoforum of NGOs, Kazakhstan
Case studies in Kazakhstan: the need in an expeditious review procedure for access to information cases
PDF
Ms. Ana Barreira, IIDMA, Spain
Access to Justice in access to environmental information cases in Spain: Is it effective?
PDF
Item 3. Stocktaking of recent and upcoming developments
Mr. Daniele Franzone, European Commission
Access to Justice in Environmental Matters: the Communication from the European Commission of 28 April 2017
PDF
Mr. Csaba Kiss, Justice and Environment
Recent developments in access to justice in selected EU Member States with special regard to legal standing
PDF
Mr. Joost Pikkemaat, the Netherlands
Access to Justice in the Netherlands: an update on current affairs & case law
PDF
Mr. Filip Diensbier, Supreme Administrative Court, Czechia
Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in the Czech Republic – Law and Reality
PDF
Ms. Nino Latsabidze, Georgia
Access to a review procedure in Georgia to challenge the legality of any decision, act or omission subject to the provisions of article 6 of the Aarhus Convention
PDF
Mr. Rober Murataj, Aarhus Center, Albania
Respecting the Aarhus Convention for strategic investments in Albania
PDF
Statement by Environment Links UKPDF
Item 4. Tools to promote effective access to justice:
Ms. Ragnhild Noer, Supreme Court of Norway
International cooperation among the judiciary on environmental law
(via video-conference; slides and statement)
PDF
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Mr. Luc Lavrysen, European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment
The European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment – Report on past and planned conferences
PDF
Statement by Ms. Eva Duer, UN EnvironmentPDF
Statement by Ms. Jela Bilandzija, REC PDF
Mr. Nyrgaz Abdulmanov, Kazakhstan
Monitoring of legislation related to the Aarhus Convention
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Mr. Aliaksandr Bravusau, Belarus
National system of access to legal information as a tool for promoting effective access to justice
PDFPDF