Exploring a Right to Submit Environmental Information Under International Environmental Law

Sean Whittaker (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Discussions on how the public engages with environmental information within environmental governance matters are primarily centred around the supply of environmental information to the public by the state. However, this focus downplays the importance of environmental information held by members of the public and the difficulties that individuals can experience when submitting such information to the state outside formal environmental decision-making procedures. This article examines the benefits of guaranteeing a general right to submit environmental information before considering the extent to which environmental law, specifically the Aarhus Convention, supports the creation of such a right. The article then concludes by constructing a hypothetical regime to implement the proposed right, identifying how the proposed right can be balanced against the needs of the state and points of divergence between this hypothetical regime and the current environmental information regime set out in the Aarhus Convention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-418
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Environmental Law
Issue number3
Early online date19 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023


  • environmental information
  • Aarhus Convention
  • environmental governance
  • citizen-science


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