Revue Juridique de l'Environnement


The development of strategic litigation regarding the protection of biodiversity: the case of underground badger hunting Volume 49, issue 1, March 2024


Confronted to a growing number of legal actions against the additional period of underground badger hunting, the administrative judge has been forced for several years to base his decisions on the abundant scientific literature about this species. This led him to build a jurisprudence which, beside being coherent from a scientific point of view, is in line with the founding principles regulating hunting set out in the environmental code. Far from being anecdotal, this litigation has transversal implications and leads to the forging of solid precedents in matters of biodiversity protection.