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EVENT: Project workshop "Building upon good practices in European judicial training". To enable training providers to exchange ideas and find partners for further developing training for legal practitioners in how to apply EU law. The ideas are based on good practices for organising, implementing and evaluating such training that have been collected from across Europe in the framework of a Pilot project proposed by the European Parliament and implemented by the Commission. The workshop also explained how providers can get EU-funding to help them introduce new training techniques (generally for projects involving cross-border cooperation). The workshop contributed to the aim of the Commission´s Communication 2011pdf to deliver high-quality training to half of all legal practitioners by 2020. English
Publisher: European Commission, 2014.

European Commission invites applications for judicial training projects and allocates 5 million €. For the first time, the European Commission has set aside financial support exclusively for judicial training activities. All organisations envisaging to implement European judicial training activities together with partners from at least one other EU Member State are invited to compete with their proposals for financial support of 5 million € in total. They will have time until mid November to draft high-quality projects on training legal practitioners in EU law or law of other EU member states, developing training material or other activities helpful to implement judicial training in the European Union and get into contact with similarly minded partners from other EU Member States. Applicants may be inspired by the results of a workshop that presented good practices of European judicial training in June 2014 in Brussels. The award criteria have become more flexible, since apart from concentrating on funding priorities fixed by the European Commission it is also possible to gain points for the award decision by demonstrating that the project is tackling further training needs of the legal practice. In order to lower the bureaucratic burden, in certain cases lump sums have been introduced. Funding smaller training projects has become easier, since the minimum amount of the financial support (a percentage of the project budget) has been lowered. English
Publisher: European Commission, 2014.

Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law. On the occasion of the first session of the UNEA, A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law gathered Chief Justices, Attorneys General, Judges, Chief prosecutors, Auditors General, leading legal scholars, practitioners and experts to discuss the ways and means by which the further development and implementation of environmental rule of law can help ensure just and sustainable development outcomes, including adequate and implementable laws, access to justice and information, public participation, accountability, transparency, liability for environmental damage, fair and just enforcement, and human rights. English
Publisher: UNEP, 2014.

Access to Justice in environmental matters. Perspectives from the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment . By Prof. Dr. L. Lavrysen, Judge in the Belgian Constitutional Court, Brussels,President of the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment Paper prepared for the Global Symposium on the Environmental Rule of Law, 24 June 2014 Following up the recommendations made during the UNEP Global Judges Symposium of 2002 in Johannesburg and the Ad Hoc Planning Meeting in January 2003 in Nairobi, the judges from Western Europe present at that meeting, considered to set up a regional forum of judges for the environment[...] The objective of the Forum is to promote the enforcement of national, European and international environmental law in a perspective of sustainable development. The aim of the Forum is in particular to exchange experiences in the area of training of the judiciary in environmental law, contribute to a better knowledge of environmental law, share experiences with environmental case law and contribute to a more effective enforcement of environmental law. English
Publisher: UNEP, 2014.

The Aarhus Convention: An Implementation Guide (second edition). The Aarhus Convention Implementation Guide is therefore intended as a convenient non-legally binding and user-friendly reference tool to assist policymakers, legislators and public authorities in their daily work of implementing the Convention and of realizing the provisions of Principle 10 in practice. It is also hoped that it will assist members of the public and environmental non-governmental organizations to exercise their rights under the Convention. The Implementation Guide provides both a general overview of the principles behind the Convention and a detailed article-by-article analysis of its provisions. In its analysis, the Guide draws on other international law instruments in the area of the environment and human rights, decisions adopted by the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, findings of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, academic writings and examples from national legislation and practice. English | French | Russian
Publisher: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, 2014.

Protecting your environment: The power is in your hands. Quick guide to the Aarhus Convention English
Publisher: UNECE, 2014.

Access to Justice in environmental matters for sustainable development . Contribution of the Société de Legislation Comparée to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations) English
Publisher: Société de Legislation Comparée , 2014.

Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in numbers. Aarhus Convention secretariat prepared a series of infographics on the work of the Compliance Committee. Learn more about the body and its relevance as well as the details on communications submitted and findings adopted. English
Publisher: UNECE

3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy. Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime 3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy Yale University, 5-7 September 2014 Announcement and Call for Abstracts Extended deadline: 20 April 2014 The 2014 Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime will take place from 5-7 September 2014 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. The Conference is organized by Yale and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United National Development Programme (UNDP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, as well as other interested partners. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge concerning the following themes at the nexus of human rights and the environment: 1. Constitutional Environmental Rights: A Driver for Environmental Policy Making? 2. Human Rights and Environmental Justice: Cases from Countries and the Field 3. Procedural Environmental Rights: Why and How Do They Matter? 4. Human Rights, Environment, and Corporate Responsibility 5. Effective Participation of Civil Society and Vulnerable Groups 6. Environmental Rights, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime The Conference will feature a combination of policy discussions in plenary and parallel sessions to discuss contributions and topics in more depth. The organizers invite policy experts, scholars, and practitioners to submit abstracts for three types of papers: · Synopsis Papers highlight key outcomes and conclusions from relevant past events such as workshops, consultations, expert meetings, etc. · Review and Discussion Papers succinctly review state of the art knowledge concerning a particular theme or question addressed by the Conference. · Case Study Papers describe, analyze, and draw conclusions from a particular situation/case (e.g. national, local). The outcomes and conclusions of the Conference are expected to inform: (1) the discussion on sustainable development goals and a post-2015 development agenda by the 69th UN General Assembly in 2014/2015; (2) the negotiation of a future climate change regime by the end of 2015 under the UNFCCC; (3) the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and (4) the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment whose mandate was initiated by the Human Rights Council in 2012. Details concerning the Conference are included in the Information Note. Individuals interested in participating in, and receiving more information about the Conference are requested to complete an Expression of Interest form. The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is 20 April 2014. All Abstracts should be sent to envdem.yale@gmail.com with cc to envdem@unitar.org, English
Publisher: UNITAR, 2014.

Agribalyse: English version. The AGRIBALYSE® programme consisted in elaborating a database of Life Cycle Inventories (LCI) of the main French agricultural products at the farm gate, according to a homogenous methodology. English | French
Publisher: French Environment and Energy Management Agency, 2014.

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