- General Court of the EU considers scope of exceptions to right of public access to documents
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- What key issues did this case raise?
- Does the judgment clarify the rules in this area?
- Could there be any unintended consequences?
- What should lawyers advising in this area be aware of now?
- Would you say there is a trend developing in this area? What are your predictions for the future?
Environment analysis: The decision in ClientEarth v European Commission has severely limited the potential for the Aarhus Convention to be invoked directly against EU bodies as a means of limiting the scope of existing exemptions from disclosure of public documents through the courts. As a result, Thomas Davis, a barrister at Landmark Chambers, suggests that ClientEarth’s focus will now shift to renewed attempts to secure reform of the existing regulations through the political bodies of the EU.
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