The Aarhus Convention is binding for the Member States of the European Union – both because they are signatories to the Convention under international law, and as a matter of EU law because of their membership to the EU.

This lecture is organised by Maastricht University. Prof. Mariolina Eliantonio will discuss how the third pillar of the Aarhus Convention, access to justice, has been transposed by the European Union as far as access to national courts is concerned. It will highlight the main implementation roadblocks and the relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Mariolina Eliantonio is Professor of European and Comparative Administrative Law and Procedure at Maastricht University. Her research is focused on the enforcement of European Law before national and EU courts. She does research specifically on the theme of access to court before national and European courts (with a special focus on environmental matters), on the Europeanisation process of national procedural administrative law and on the judicial review of the new modes of governance, such as soft law and technical standardisation.

This lecture is part of the Maastricht University Environmental Law Lecture Series.