Last month, the UN-backed Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (‘the Committee’) found admissiblea complaint that the government’s EU Withdrawal Bill (also known as the “Brexit Bill”) may not be compliant withthe Aarhus Convention. The Brexit Bill contains powers to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 to end ‘the supremacy of EU
he history of ‘public interest environmental law’ – the use of the law to protect the environment – stretches back (at least) to the mid-20th century in the USA. Its history is much shorter in Scotland. The Supreme Court cracked open the test of standing in judicial review in 2011
ast month the High Court handed down its decision on the application of the new costs protection rules in environmental cases (also known as ‘Aarhus claims’) introduced in February 2017 (RSPB and others v Secretary of State for Justice and another  EWHC 2309 (Admin)). The new provisions require claimants
LF is already witnessing the chilling effect on environmental justice of recent changes to the costs rules as the uncertainty of potential costs liability bites deterring many groups from bringing claims. However, we are also working with groups to look for alternative avenues to achieve their aims. A recent case
n June ELF organised training on environmental issues for a group of non-law students at UCL. This grew out of an earlier UCL event focused on BME communities we had spoken at, “My Neighbourhood is killing me”. Since then we have been supporting the student group to develop and deliver
he Great Repeal Bill has shrunk more prosaically into the EUWB, but its task is technically arduous. The easy bit is clause 1: the European Communities Act 1972 is repealed on (Br)exit day. Job done? No. Job hardly started. European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and Explanatory Notes There follows 61 pages of Bill
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