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The Aarhus Convention

2012/2013 access to justice studies

In 2012/2013 the Commission contracted professor Jan Darpö, chair of the Aarhus Convention Access to Justice Task Force and a number of re-known national experts in the field to draw up the state of play of implementation by 28 Member States on the implementation of Articles 9 (3) and (4) of the Aarhus Convention. Member States and civil society are welcome to comment on these studies. A synthesis report was also prepared.

The experts engaged are as follows:

Austria

Prof. Verena Madner, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Belgium

Prof. Dr. L. Lavrysen, Ghent University

Bulgaria

Attorney Alexander Kodzhabashev, Sofia Bar Association

Croatia

Prof. Tamara Capeta, University of Zagreb

Czech Republic

Dr. Pavel Černý, attorney of law

Cyprus

Pyrgou Law Firm

Denmark

Prof.  Helle Tegner Anker, Copenhagen University

Estonia

Prof. Kaarel Relve, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu

Finland

Judge Emil Waris, Åland

France

Prof. Jessica Makowiak, Université de Limoges

Germany

Professor Dr. Bernhard Wegener, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Greece

Prof. Angelika Kallia – Antoniou Attorney at the Supreme Court

Hungary

Prof. Dr. Gyula Bándi, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest

Ireland

Prof. Áine Ryall, University College Cork

Italy

Prof Roberto Caranta Università degli Studi di Torino

Latvia

Prof. Silvija Meiere, University of Latvia

Lithuania

dr. Indrė Žvaigždinienė, University of Vilnius

Luxembourg

Carole Biot-Stuart, Solicitor

Malta

Dr Simone Borg - University of Malta

Netherlands

Prof. Chris Backes, Maastricht University

Poland

Prof. Jerzy Jendrośka, Magdalena Bar, attorney at law

Portugal

Prof. Alexandra Aragão, University of Coimbra

Romania

Dr Rădulescu Cătălina Mihaela, lawyer

Slovakia

Dr. Eva Kováčechová, Attorney of law

Slovenia

Borut Santej, consultant

Spain

Prof. Angel-Manuel Moreno Molina

Sweden

Prof. Jan Darpö, Uppsala University

United Kingdom

Prof. Richard Macrory, University College London
Carol Day, Solicitor

 

For the methodology applied please see the questionnaire that served as a basis for the studies.  A study and its executive summary on the economic implications of access to justice was prepared by the Maastricht University.

The Commission organised in November 2012 two expert group meetings in order to discuss main conclusions of recently prepared studies and fact sheets on the topic of access to justice in environmental matters.

It is to be noted that, as mentioned in the reports, "[t]he views expressed [in the report] are those of the consultants alone and do not represent the official views of the European Commission."

Any comments on the findings of the studies should be sent by 15th January 2013 to the following functional mailbox: "ENV AARHUS".

In the interest of transparency, the Commission may decide to make any such comments publicly available on this page unless the persons concerned have expressly requested that their comments be not publicised. Please note that member of the public may in any case request access to any comments made pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.