Article: The environment and the law – does our legal system deliver access to justice? A review

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INTRODUCTION

Environmental law carries a responsibility to ensure justice not only for the individual citizen, but for the collective benefit of our environment — both now and for future generations. In 1998, the UK Government became a signatory to the Aarhus Convention,1 which seeks to establish a consistent standard for access to information, public participation in decisionmaking and access to justice in environmental matters. With regard to access to justice, it seeks to ensure contracting parties provide review procedures that are real and affordable. The Environmental Justice Project (EJP) that sought to clarify the extent to which our civil and criminal systems achieve this and, in turn, satisfy the requirements of the Convention.

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