Standing in Environmental Matters

Standing in Environmental Matters


This is a comprehensive report on “standing”:  the legal status necessary to receive a hearing from a court or an administrative board or tribunal that holds hearings. The purposes of this report are to:


  • Provide an informative update on the law of standing since the last comprehensive reviews of this topic in the 1980’s and 1990’s, with a focus on standing in environmental matters.
  • Compare the merits of current models of standing on environmental matters based on their positive and negative impacts.
  • Canvas options and make recommendations for a functional approach to standing at environmental agencies.


Click here to read or download Standing in Environmental Matters.



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