Legal experts in environmental matters

Education and Awareness Raising of Legal Professionals on Access to Justice

In cooperation with EU and global NGOs Justice & Environment  and Client Earth we will strive to improve public’s access to justice in environmental matters through EU-funded LIFE project „Education and Awareness Raising of Legal Professionals on Access to Justice”.  In addition to Estonia, the partner countries of the project are Hungary, Spain, Austria, Germany, France, Poland and Slovakia.


While the body of EU environmental policy and regulation is one of the most advanced and comprehensive in the world, an implementation gap has become evident. Strong legislative and policy frameworks are not providing the results that they should because they are not properly implemented. Experience across EU Member States has shown that relying solely on public authorities to overcome the implementation deficit will not yield the required results. Therefore, active citizens, either acting on their own or via NGOs, are essential to support the actions of authorities. There are many ways in which such ‘citizen enforcement’ could take place. However, in order to be truly effective, it needs to involve access to judicial review. 


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:

Expected results

The project activities carried out in Estonia include:

Duration: second half of 2017 - June 2020.


Coordinator:     Association Justice & Environment, z.s.

Partner:             ClientEarth, United Kingdom

Affiliates:           Environmental Management and Law Association, Hungary

        Estonian Environmental Law Center, Estonia

        Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente, Spain

        Ökobüro, Austria

        Unabhängiges Institut für Unweltfragen, Germany

        Via Iuris, Slovakia


For more information:

Kadi-Kaisa Kaljuveer
Project Manager in Estonia
Phone: +372 56 667 992