Call for expressions of interest:


Reviewing EU Habitats and Birds Directives case law


22 October 2013


Deadline extended to 29 November 2013 16:00

Interest to tender from specialists in environmental law is being sought by JNCC. A call for tenders will shortly be issued for a project that will review, catalogue and summarise case-law from the UK and the Court of Justice of the European Union that relates to the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives.


The Habitats Directive1 and Birds Directive2, together known as the Nature Directives, form the cornerstone of Europe's nature conservation policy. The main aim of the Nature Directives is to promote the maintenance of biodiversity by requiring Member States to take measures to maintain, restore and protect natural habitats and wild species listed on the Annexes to the Directives.


Many provisions of the Directives have been litigated, especially in situations where economic development competes with nature conservation measures (e.g. industrial developments in and around protected sites). These situations have given rise to a large number of legal cases, which have occupied national courts in the UK or have been referred for clarification to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). These judgements are of direct relevance to the work of JNCC and the UK’s Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (SNCB) as they interpret the application of the Habitats and Birds Directive.


JNCC intends to let a contract that will provide JNCC and the SNCBs with summary-level information on case law related to the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive that is accessible to non-specialists in environmental law. If successfully awarded, two deliverables are anticipated from this contract:


  1. A searchable catalogue of case law relating to the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive, which includes all relevant cases from courts in the UK and the CJEU; and
  2. Plain English summaries and interpretations of case law relating to specific implementation issues (to be identified by JNCC in the full specification).


The work is expected to commence in December 2013 and should be delivered this financial year (i.e. by 31st March 2014).


Please submit your expression of interest of no more than 100 words by email to by 17:00 on Friday, 8 November 2013.  In addition, please also include the following information:


  • Contact name
  • Job title
  • Organisation
  • Address including email address and daytime telephone number



1. Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.
2. Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds.