Environmental law: Information for specialists

Protection of the environment requires that all actors of society apply environmentally sound practices. The aim of environmental policy is to promote such practices. Environmental law is an important instrument for the implementation of environmental policy.

Aarhus Convention

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)’s convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making processes and access to justice in environmental matters was signed in Aarhus, Denmark in 1998 and came into effect in 2001. Switzerland ratified the Convention in March 2014 and has been a party to the agreement since 1 June 2014.

Last modification 28.11.2018

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