The Independent Institute for Environmental Issues

The Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU e.V.) is both a scientific and officially recognized non-governmental organization. UfU is mainly working on research assignments and model projects financed by federal ministries, federal states and municipalities as well as foundations. In addition to its scientific activities, the institute initiates and engages in local and international projects and networks.

UfU is a member of Justice and Environment.


Responsibilities in the project:

  • Consultations with key stakeholders to identify current obstacles to effective access to justice in the environmental field;
  • Legal analysis of national legislation and case law ;
  • Compilation of national guidelines for access to justice in environmental matters for stakeholders;
  • Workshops on access to justice in the field of environmental matters with the focus on EU and national legislation and case law, the problems in national legal practice and their possible solutions.

Team of the project:

Karl Stracke, karl.stracke(at)

Franziska Sperfeld, franziska.sperfeld(at)