About the project

Association Justice & Environment together with NGO Client Earth are carrying out an EU LIFE programme financed project called “Education and Awareness Raising of Legal Professionals on Access to Justice”. The project is carried out in seven countries – Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Spain.

Objective of the project:

The project aims to improve the implementation and enforcement of EU environmental law by providing the public with effective access to justice, such as judicial review, administrative review and complaints to other appeal bodies. Access to justice is a fundamental means through which citizens and NGOs can support the implementation and enforcement of laws and policies to protect the environment. In order to reach this long-term goal, the project aims to:

  • Increase awareness of existing rules and case-law on access to justice in environmental matters for specific target audiences – the judiciary, bodies responsible for the administration of justice, public interest lawyers and public administrations;

  • Increase understanding of the importance of ensuring proper access to justice for the implementation of EU environmental laws and policies;

  • Increase understanding of specific challenges and obstacles to proper access to justice in environmental matters both at national and EU level; and

Increase knowledge and capacity for overcoming legal (both substantial and procedural) challenges and obstacles to effective access to justice in the environmental field. 


Second half of 2017 - June 2020.


Coordinator: Association Justice & Environment, z.s.

Partner: Client Earth, United Kingdom

Affiliates:  Environmental Management and Law Association, Hungary

Estonian Environmental Law Center, Estonia

Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente, Spain

Unabhängiges Institut für Unweltfragen, Germany

Via Iuris, Slovakia

Ökobüro, Austria