UN Date Now Confirmed

The Compliance Committee of the Aarhus Convention has confirmed that HS2AA’s case will be heard on 10 March 2016. The hearing was scheduled for last year but the UK Government insisted they didn’t have a barrister available to take the case. The fact that such a delay would mean any decision from the Compliance Committee would come after Third Reading of the Phase 1 Hybrid Bill was irrelevant to this decision.

The Aarhus Convention is a cornerstone of international law designed to promote effective decision making about the environment. The UK and EU are signatories to the Convention. HS2AA’s case concerns the decision by the UK Supreme Court that there was no need to undertake a Strategic Environment Assessment before the Secretary of State for Transport decided to proceed with HS2 in January 2012. The hearing will be held in Geneva and HS2AA will be represented by Robert McCracken QC.

HS2AA can only appear at this hearing thanks to the generosity of thousands of people across the country who have generously donated funds.

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