Thrown to the Wolves: Sweden Once Again Flouts EU Standards on Species Protection and Access to Justice
2015 (English)In: Nordisk miljörättslig tidskrift, ISSN 2000-4273, E-ISSN 2000-4273, no 1, 7-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Controversy continues over the return of the wolf to the Swedish landscape. Decisions to allow the licensed hunting of Sweden’s fragile wolf population in violation of the EU’s Habitats Directive have repeatedly been quashed by the Swedish administrative courts. In response, the law was changed: it is no longer possible to appeal those decisions to the courts. This article examines the decision to make impossible the judicial review of Sweden’s implementation of EU species protection law in light of the Aarhus Convention and in light of the EU law principles of useful effect and effective judicial protection. We conclude that while the access to justice requirements of the Aarhus Convention are likely fulfilled, the fact that Sweden’s hunting decisions pursuant to the Habitats Directive are no longer reviewable by a court contravenes EU law.
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2015. no 1, 7-20 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267868OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267868DiVA: diva2:874726