PROJECT NUMBER: 1350501

EU Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers

28-29/Jan/2013  •  Luxembourg

Introduction
Project Leader
Igor Dizdarevic
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Target group
All parties interested in understanding EU’s dense environmental legislation without necessarily having a legal background: civil servants and members of the public administrations, members of NGOs, members of environmental networks, private sector actors with an interest in EU environmental law.

Description
With more than 200 legal acts currently in force at EU level, environment represents one of the most dense and far-reaching areas of EU law. EU environmental law covers a wide range of topics both sectoral such as for example waste management, nature protection or water management and horizontal such as climate change and environmental impact assessment. Environmental legislation also confers rights to individuals or NGO’s such as access to justice, access to information and public participation in environmental matters.
For all the above mentioned topics which greatly influence everyday work of a wide range of public authorities and administrations, private companies whether carrying out industrial activities or providing services, NGOs who aim at protecting the environment, this seminar offers a comprehensive overview of the main areas of environmental protection at EU level, including on the one hand the obligations it imposes on Member States and sometimes on the private sector as well, and on the other hand, rights it creates for individuals and NGOs.

Learning methodology
The programme has been designed in such a way as to offer a combination of presentations, active discussions and practical case-studies based on real case-law from the Court of Justice of the European Union. Recent legislative and jurisprudential developments in the relevant areas will also be presented and discussed. The presentations will be given and the case-studies moderated by a small team of recognized experts and practitioners, with an emphasis on practical examples, active involvement of the participants and exchanges of experiences. All sessions include time for questions & answers.

Objectives
• To provide a practical overview of the main areas of environment protected by EU legislation principles and the concrete application both at EU level and national level;
• To raise awareness with regard to the challenges of the enforcement of EU environmental law as well as to rights granted and obligations imposed by EU environmental law;
• To provide concrete tools for understanding and applying EU environmental law;
• To fine-tune practical understanding of the relevance and impact of EU environmental legislation on the daily work and the mechanisms of its correct implementation into national systems;
• To provide a platform for networking, exchange of experience and information sharing.

This seminar has also been held in:
30/Jan/14 • Luxembourg