Reimagine: Environmental Court

Declan Allison

01 March 2017

Under the UN’s Aarhus Convention, people have the right to environmental Justice and to challenge government decisions.

The only legal redress to challenge environmental decisions is through Judicial Review. Judicial Review is expensive, complex, and slow.  There is limited environmental law experience nor the political will to comply with rule of environmental law. This access route is narrow and intimidating for lay people to challenge unlawful decisions.

An environmental court would provide an experienced judiciary that can follow both complex laws as well as ecological processes.  An environmental court would be a gateway to help access to environmental justice. The environmental court would be independent from agencies, accessible, and positive about challenging bad decision making.