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Legal Strategy

The Legal Strategy Group seeks to improve the creation, implementation and enforcement of English Law to better protect the natural environment by bringing together legal experts from across the NGO community to identify and take opportunities to provide support to members and working groups in the implementation, defence and development of environmental law. The group will also consider access to environmental justice issues.

Vice Chair: Carol Day, RSPB
Link: Matt Browne, Advocacy Lead

Update from the Group:

The Legal Strategy Group works with our sister Links to advocate for fit for purpose application of the UK’s obligations under the Aarhus Convention. The Convention establishes several important rights of the public (individuals and their associations) with regard to the environment, including the right to access justice and challenge public decisions on environmental law.

Link’s Legal Strategy Group works with Greener UK and other partners, to ensure the environmental and animal welfare protections afforded by EU legislation are matched or improved once the UK leaves the EU. To that end we continue to scrutinise the raft of statutory instruments passed by Parliament to retain the large body of EU law within the UK statute book after EU exit day. At our April 2020 meeting we met with Public Law Project to discuss this ongoing work – together we will continue to alert Parliamentary committees to potential oversights and incorrect interpretations of EU law.

On the Environment Bill, we joined forces with Greener UK (GUK) to draft a combined second reading briefing from which various parliamentarians drew during the second reading debate. The Group also supported the development of our suite of amendments for the Bill, to ensure it delivers on its ambition to be world leading. This briefing work continues, as the Bill goes through Committee stage.

The Legal Strategy Group works with our sister Links to advocate for fit for purpose application of the UK’s obligations under the Aarhus Convention. The Convention establishes several important rights of the public (individuals and their associations) with regard to the environment, including the right to access justice and challenge public decisions on environmental law.

For further information, contact Matt Browne, Link's Advocacy Lead

Last updated: 1 July 2020

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