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The sixth meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice took place on 17 and 18 June 2013 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle V). The meeting held back to back to the sixteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties (19-21 June 2013).

The meeting of the Task Force followed up on substantive issues (standing for individuals and non-governmental organizations, costs and remedies). Participants discussed the findings of the analytical studies carried out under auspices of the Task Force in 2012-2013 and recent developments taken place in the respective Parties with regard to these issues. They were also informed about the recent relevant findings of the Compliance Committee.

In addition,  the participants were briefed on the electronic tools for sharing information and relevant reporting requirements. Furthermore, they shared their experience in carrying out multi-stakeholders dialogue on access to justice in their respective countries as supported by  the Task Force at its fifth meeting (Geneva, 13-14 June 2012) and the Working Group of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting (Geneva, 3-5 September 2012). 

The Task Force deliberated on the possible future directions for the work in the area of access to justice under the Aarhus Convention.

Documents

Documents

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Provisional agenda
(AC/TF.AJ-6/Inf.1)
PDF
Report, ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2014/5PDFPDFPDF
Key outcomes of the meetingPDF
List of participantsPDF
Item 2. Substantive issues
Synthesis report of the EU studyPDF
Study on standing in the selected EECCA countries
- Draft outline of the studyPDFPDF
- Draft preliminary findingsPDFPDF
- QuestionnairePDFPDF
Communications raising issues of standing (MoP4 to date)PDF
Communications raising issues of costs and remedies (MoP4 to date)PDF
Item 3. Sharing experiences and building capacity
(a) Jurisprudence database 

(c) Decision IV/4 on reporting requirements

PDFPDFPDF
Guidance on reporting requirements (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.4) - see AnnexPDFPDFPDF
List of issues addressed by the Parties in 2011 national implementation reports: indicative overview (AC/TF.AJ/Inf.2)PDF
Item 4. The way forward
Note by the Chair
(AC/WGP-16/Inf.3)
PDF
Alternative dispute resolution of environmental cases: overview of practice in the UNECE region (AC/TF.AJ/Inf.3)PDF
Study on environmental complaint-handling and mediation mechanisms at national level (courtesy of the European Commission)PDF
Collection of the case studies on environmental mediation collected by REC

Presentations and statements

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Keynote address - Mr. Luc Lavrysen, President of the EU Forum of Judges for the EnvironmentPDF
Item 2. Substantive issues
Mr. Jan Darpo, Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice,
Effective Justice
PPT
Mr. Dmytro Skrylnikov, Bureau of Environmental Investigation
Study on standing in the selected EECCA countries
PDF
Ms. Carol Day, WWF-UK,
Costs in the environmental procedure
PDF
Mr. Jonas Ebbesson, Chair of the Compliance Committee
- Standing
- Remedies and Costs
PDF
PDF
Item 3. Sharing experiences and building capacity
(a) Tools for sharing experiences and building capacities
Ms. Maryna Yanush, UNECE Aarhus Convention Secretariat
Jurisprudence database and other tools for exchange of information on access to justice
PDF
Mr. Adam Daniel Nagy, European Commission,
European E-justice Portal
PDF
(b) A multi-stakeholder dialogue on access to justice at the national level
Statement by SerbiaPDF
Statement by the United KingdomPDF
Item 4. The way forward
Mr. Jan Darpo, Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice,
The way forward
PDF
Ms. Barbara Ruis, UNEP
Alternative dispute resolution in environmental cases
PDF