Environmental Democracy Conference

  • 19 okt.

    Kezdete: 2012. október 19. 0:00 -Vége: 2012. október 19. 18:00

    PPKE JÁK - Main Hall - John-Paul II.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is proud to announce the conference on Environmental Democracy.

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Environmental Democracy Conference


Date: 19th October, 2012, Friday

Venue: PázmányPéterCatholicUniversity, Hall John-Paul II (1088 Budapest, Szentkirályi u. 28., 2nd floor)


9.50 – 10.00 Opening: Prof. Balázs Schanda, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Pázmány Péter Catholic University


Morning session:

Chair: Attila Pánovics, assistant professor, University Pécs, Faculty of Law

  • 10.00 - 10.30 Prof. Gerd Winter (Forschungsstelle für Europäisches Umweltrecht, University of Bremen): Theoretical foundations of public participation
  • 10.30 – 11.00. Prof. Gyula Bándi (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence): Sustainable development and environmental rights
  • 11.00 – 11.30 Prof. Marcel Szabó (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, EU Law Chair): The relationship of international and EU legal requirements related to public participation with an emphasis on international law
  • 11.30 – 12.00 Prof. Jerzy Jendroska (Opole University, Member of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee): Public participation under the Aarhus Convention: key legal issues and challenges in implementation
  • 12.00 – 12.30 Ms. Márta Szigeti Bonifert (Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center - partner institution): Promoting public participation beyond the EU – the road to environmental democracy
  • 12.30 – 13.00 Dr. Benedek Jávor (Research Fellow, Pázmány Péter Catholic University; Chairman of the Committee of Sustainable Development, Hungarian Parliament): Why or why not to participate? - Some social and political considerations of public participation


Afternoon session:

Chair: Prof. Gyula Bándi

  • 14.00 – 14.30 Dr. Eva Kruzikova (EU Commission, MIME team, Principal lawyer): The experiences and problems of implementing EU legal requirements related to public participation
  • 14.30 – 15.00 Prof. Yvonne Scannell (Law School, Trinity College Dublin): Experiences with extensive citizen participation, enforcement and access to justice– the good and the bad
  • 15.00 – 15.30 Dr. Csaba Kiss (Director, Environmental Management and Law Association - partner institution): Problems, questions of public interest litigation in Hungary and in the CEE region
  • 15.30 – 16.00 Prof. Verena Madner (Department of Socioeconomics – WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business): More than the usual suspects. Public participation and Access to justice in Austria
  • 16.00 – 16.30 Dr. Sándor Fülöp (Former Deputy Commissioner of Fundamental Rights Responsible for the Rights of Future Generations (former Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations – partner institution): The rights and interests of future generations and the Hungarian attempts to represent and protect them
  • 16.30 – 17.00 Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence research staff: Some specific issues of public participation within EU law


17.00 – 18.00 Discussion


The conference is supported by the European Commission under the Jean Monnet program.