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Seventh meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice took place in Geneva, Palais des Nations, Salle IX from 24 to 25 February 2014. The meeting will be held back to back to the seventeenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to be held from 26 to 28 February 2014.

The meeting of the Task Force continued considering such substantive issues as effective standing, remedies and costs. Participants discussed the preliminary findings of the analytical studies carried out under auspices of the Task Force in 2012-2013, good practices regarding legal aid schemes for members of the public and ways to support public interest lawyers.

Furthermore, they shared their experience on multi-stakeholders dialogues on access to justice in their respective countries as supported by the Working Group of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting (Geneva, 3-5 September 2012) and exchanged information on capacity-building needs and initiatives as well as on existing tools for providing information on access to justice.

 

Documents, presentations and statements

Documents

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Provisional agenda (AC/TF.AJ-7/Inf.1)                                    PDF
Report on the seventh meeting, ECE/MP.PP/2014/5 PDFPDFPDF
Key outcomes of the meeting (AC/TF.AJ-7/Inf.2)PDF
List of participantsPDF
Item 2. Substantive issues
(a) Study on standing before courts in environmental cases in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (preliminary version)WORDWORD
(b) Study on access to justice in environmental cases in South-Eastern EuropeWORD
Item 4. The way forward
Draft decision on promoting effective access to justice (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2014/L.3)PDFPDFPDF

Presentations and statements

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Item 2. Substantive issues: effective standing, remedies and costs
The Europeanization of access to justice in environmental matters - the German perspective
Ms Sabine Schlacke, Institut für Umwelt- und Planungsrecht (IUP), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, GermanyPPT
(a) Preliminary findings of the study on standing for individuals, groups and environmental NGOs before courts in case of environmental matters in the selected countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
Mr Dmytro Skrylnikov, Bureau of Environmental Investigation, UkrainePPT
(b) Preliminary findings of the study on access to justice in environmental cases in South-Eastern Europe
Mr Csaba Kiss, Environmental Management and Law Association, HungaryPPT
(c) Exchange of information and good practices regarding legal aid schemes for members of the public and ways to support public interest lawyers
Ms Lissie Jørgensen, DenmarkPPT
Ms Beate Ekeberg, NorwayPPT
Mr Brian Ruddie, the United KingdomPPT
Mr Eduardo Salazar, European ECO Forum and Justice and Environment NetworkPPT
(d) Sharing information and experience concerning any new developments in legislation and practice with regard to standing, remedies and costs
Ms Noriko Okubo, Osaka University, JapanPPT
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Ms Carol Day, CAJE, the United KingdomPDF
Ms Joanna Cornelius, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, SwedenPPT
Mr Xavier Campos, Catalan Circle for BusinessPDF
Item 3. Sharing experiences and building capacities
(a) A multi-stakeholder dialogue on access to justice at the national level: sharing experiences
Mr Vladimir Borisov, Supreme Court of KazakhstanPPT
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(b) Strengthening capacities in the area of access to justice: identifying needs and priorities
Mr Adam-Daniel Nagy, European CommissionPPT
Mr Eduardo Salazar, Asociacion para la justicia ambiental, SpainPPT
(c) Tools for providing information on access to justice
Mr Gustavs Gailis, LatviaPPTX
Ms Despina Bejinaru, RomaniaPPT