Environmental law



Environmental lawyer fined £5,000 for leaking Supreme Court judgment

An environmental lawyer has been fined £5,000 after being found in contempt for leaking the UK Supreme Court's judgment in a case concerning the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

Published 11 May 2021

High Court: Dispute over Cabinet confidentiality of emissions discussions referred to CJEU

The High Court has decided to refer a point of EU law to the CJEU regarding an access to information claim brought by the information activist group Right To Know CLG (RTK) against the Taoiseach.

Published 26 April 2021

Proposed update to Aarhus Convention law out for consultation

Proposals to update regulations on accessing environmental information to bring them into line with the Aarhus Convention have gone out to consultation.

Published 9 March 2021

Temporary environmental regulator launched to fill Brexit gap

A new temporary body has been established to enforce environmental law in England and Northern Ireland following Brexit.

Published 16 February 2021

Enviornmental justice centre established as green litigation poised to grow

Lawsuits over inequalities that flow from environmental injustices are expected to loom large in the Irish courts, the Irish Independent reports.

Published 18 January 2021

Consultation launched on Ireland's implementation of Aarhus Convention

Environment Minister Eamon Ryan has launched a consultation on Ireland's implementation of the Aarhus Convention on access to environmental information and the PRTR Protocol on publicly accessible national pollutant registers.

Published 27 November 2020

High Court: Preliminary reference to CJEU refused in environmental case

The High Court has declined to refer an environmentalist group's case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Published 16 September 2020

UK to introduce new laws to protect rainforests

The UK government has announced that it will be introducing a new "world-leading" law to clean up the UK's supply chains and protect rainforests from illegal deforestation.

Published 28 August 2020

Draft findings suggest Ireland in breach of Aarhus Convention

Ireland is in breach of the binding Aarhus Convention because of the length of appeal proceedings related to rejected Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) requests, draft findings suggest.

Published 11 August 2020

Lawyer Polly Higgins' Dare To Be Great republished

A book by the late Polly Higgins, who proposed the crime of ecocide, has been republished to celebrate her life and work.

Published 17 April 2020

High Court: Environmental activists successfully challenge the validity of peat extraction legislation

An environmental activist network has been granted an order setting aside secondary legislation which amended the regulation of large-scale peat extraction.

Published 24 September 2019

High Court: Environmental activists granted injunction restraining the implementation of legislation

An environmental activist network has been granted an interlocutory injunction restraining the implementation of secondary legislation introduced in January 2019 pending the outcome of judicial review proceedings contending that the legislation is invalid.

Published 24 July 2019

High Court: Decision to amend waste discharge licence was ultra vires the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency

An environmental activist has been granted a declaration that the Environmental Protection Agency acted ultra vires its powers in 2017 when it granted Irish Water a technical amendment to a licence granted in 2012, which effectively allowed it to regularise ongoing breaches to the licence conditions.

Published 19 February 2019