Michael Cross’s informative analysis in the Gazette of reminds us that governments can only be held to account if the means are available and access to justice makes judicial review a realistic possibility.

The 1998 UN Aarhus Convention requires participating states to provide access to justice in environmental matters. As a profession, we should be well aware of how we can play our part in promoting measures to halt or mitigate climate change.

It is an issue that the European Bars Federation regards as vital. On 10 November, it will hold its 50th Congress in London, with the theme Climate Change and Lawyers.

Professor Sara Chandler QC, president, Fédération Des Barreaux D’Europe