Belize Alliance of Conservation Non-Governmental Organisations v Department of the Environment and Another (No 2): PC 13 Aug 2003

(Belize) The applicants sought an interim order preventing continuation of the building of a dam, saying that the environmental damage had not been properly aanticipated.
Held: The Board of the Council did have power to grant an interim injunction to preserve the situation pending a final ruling. That power derived from the power of any superior court to supervise its own procedures. The principles to be applied were the general ones applying those from American Cynamid, amended as necessary to accord with the context of public law. However, here the very substantial works were already under way, the claimants were understandably unable to undertake for any damages, and the balance of convenience lay against the applicants, and no order should be made.


Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe Sir Martin Nourse Sir Andrew Leggatt


[2003] UKPC 63, Times 25-Sep-2003, Gazette 16-Oct-2003, [2004] 2 P and CR 2, [2004] Env LR 16, [2003] 1 WLR 2839


Bailii, PC, PC




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CitedAmerican Cyanamid Co v Ethicon Ltd HL 5-Feb-1975
Interim Injunctions in Patents Cases
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CitedTweed v Parades Commission for Northern Ireland HL 13-Dec-2006
(Northern Ireland) The applicant sought judicial review of a decision not to disclose documents held by the respondent to him saying that the refusal was disproportionate and infringed his human rights. The respondents said that the documents were . .
CitedCherry, Reclaiming Motion By Joanna Cherry QC MP and Others v The Advocate General SCS 11-Sep-2019
(First Division, Inner House) The reclaimer challenged dismissal of her claim for review of the recent decision for the prorogation of the Parliament at Westminster.
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Commonwealth, Litigation Practice, Environment

Updated: 28 July 2022; Ref: scu.185741