Danish obligations in regard to 'access to justice' under the Aarhus Convention

2020.01.09 | Linda Andersen

Date Thu 13 Feb
Time 13:00 17:00
Location Preben Hornung Stuen, AU´s Conference centre, Aarhus University, Fredrik Nielsens vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C

Department of Law will host a mini-seminar on the Danish obligations in regard to 'access to justice' under the Aarhus Convention

Thursday, 13 February 2020 from 13:00-17:00

Preben Hornung Stuen, AU´s Conference centre, Aarhus University, Fredrik Nielsens vej 2, 8000  Aarhus C.

Programme  (download as pdf-file)


Welcome by the Head of Department


Professor, jur. dr. Jonas Ebbesson, Stockholm University, Chairman of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, gives us an insight into the conditions that characterize the work of the Committee (


Questions from the participants to Jonas Ebbeson


Coffee break


The challenges of E-government are discussed with focus on the procedural rights ensured by the Convention. The discussion will start with some questions presented by Professor, dr. jur., Ellen Margrethe Basse, Aarhus University


Professor, PhD. Anette Storgaard, Aarhus University presents the access to justice network, AtJ-Europe, which she and Professor Bettina Lemann Kristiansen have established and applied for EU funding for  (


End of day – social networking with wine and chips


The mini-seminar is conducted in Danish, but if there are English speaking participants, then the seminar language is English.


Please register via this link not later than 6th February 2020:

Detailed description

The mini-seminar focuses on the special rights that the Aarhus Convention – with the participation of for example Denmark and the EU – guarantees the citizens and environmental organisations within the environmental field.

The aim of the seminar is to increase the understanding of the special rights that citizens and environmental organisations must have through access to environmental information (documents, status etc.), active participation in decision-making and extended access to file a complaint with an independent complaints body or the court. With this end in view, the Chairman of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, a committee which reviews complaints, will explain how the Committee works, and how it defines its competences.

Furthermore, the participants can ask questions and thereby clear up any uncertainties. Here, the seminar has special focus on clarification of how extensively digitalization can be used in environmental management - including use of digital self-service systems and automated decision support systems – without violating the rights that are guaranteed in the Convention and the EU rules that implement the Convention. What are the consequences of digitalization for example on the right to a review of a decision already made? How can the public concerned take part in a partly or fully automated decision-making process, which is based on digital, constitutive maps and calculation models? Can the complaint body or court just use the same digital system, and at the same time review decisions fairly?

Finally, two of the professors at the Department of Law will present the European network, which they have initiated and are responsible for within the area of access to justice.

Target group

People working with public administration – including people working in the ”Nævnenes Hus” (the House of Complaints) in Viborg, where questions regarding complaint handling procedures are essential.

Lawyers and other advisers.

People employed by legal aid organisations etc.


CREDI, Juridisk Institut
Tags: Danish obligations, access to justice, Aarhus Convention