Effective Access to Environmental Information in Norway?

In I.L. Backer, O.K. Fauchald and C. Voigt (eds), Pro Natura - Festskrift til Hans Christian Bugge. Oslo, Universitetsforlaget, 2012, pp. 170-188.

The article discusses Norwegian ministries’ commitment to effective implementation of the Environmental Information Act in light of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, 1998. It addresses the concept of «environmental information» as set out in section 2 of the Act and in article 2(3) of the Aarhus Convention with a particular focus on information that has been issued in the form of «legal advice», as well as problems of differences in opinion among private parties and public authorities regarding the scope of information sought. The second main element of the article concerns the effectiveness of relevant remedies in Norway in light of article 9(1) and (4) of the Aarhus Convention.




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