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Lisbon and access to justice for environmental NGOs: A watershed? A case study using the setting of the Total Allowable Catches under the Common Fisheries Policy

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  • Justice
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Political Science


Before the Lisbon Treaty, environmental non-governmental organisations could rarely or not satisfy the admissibility test to gain access to the European courts. This contribution examines whether the rules on locus standi under the Lisbon Treaty will facilitate their access to justice. Attention will be given to what is understood by a 'regulatory act', the EU obligations under the Aarhus Convention and whether the new perspectives within the Lisbon Treaty will allow environmental non-governmental organisations to challenge TAC Regulations.

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