ELAW welcomes Imrich Vozár, who arrived this week from Slovakia for a 10-day ELAW Fellowship. Imrich is one of six staff lawyers working for VIA IURIS in one of two offices, in Banská Bystrica and Pezinok.
This is Imrich’s first visit to the U.S. He is staying at the ELAW House and enjoying new and interesting things – like spotting a raccoon on the Willamette River bike trail and the possibility of purchasing items, in bulk, at the nearby supermarket.
Imrich will have the chance to explore Oregon’s beauty spots – and grocery stores – and also spend many hours working to advance public participation, transparency in decision-making, and access to information back home.
For example, Imrich is working with colleagues at VIA IURIS to help citizens in Pezinok challenge a proposed landfill which, tragically, would be located just over 400 yards from the center of town. Read more about this case here.
Imrich is also helping VIA IURIS prepare to participate in the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties of the Aarhus Convention, to be held in Moldova later this month. The Arhus Convention is a major international agreement that calls for access to information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters.
In October last year, VIA IURIS and other NGOs successfully petitioned the Aarhus Committee to find that Slovakia violated Article 6 of the Convention by not allowing sufficient public participation before construction of the Mochovce Nuclear Power Plant.
During his ELAW Fellowship, Imrich will share his expertise, collaborate with ELAW partners around the world, and advance his organization’s work calling for an accountable judiciary, accountable public officials, and responsible citizens in Slovakia.
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