The right of access to justice in environmental matters constitutes one of the three pillars enshrined by the Århus Convention to which the European Union is a Party. This article will examine a recent judgment of the European Court of Justice. Indeed, the latter appears to play an important role in the implementation of this procedural right.
ECJ 14 December1995van Schijndel and van Veen C-430/93 § 17; ECJ 9 December 2003 Commission v. Italy C-129/00 § 25.
ECtHR 24 February2009L’Erablière A.S.B.L. v. Belgium.
ECJ 25 July2008Janecek C-237/07 § 39. See Jan H. Jans “Harmonization of National Procedural Law via the Back Door? Preliminary Comments on the ECJ’s Judgment in Janecek in a Comparative Context” in M. Bulterman L. Hancher A. McDonnel and H. Sevenster (eds.) Views of European Law from the Mountain (2009) pp. 267–275.