Juridical Interest Redefined -The Maltese Experience

The paper examines recent developments in Maltese case law redefining juridical interest or legal standing in public law actions. Rather than applying the strict traditional civil law notion of juridical interest as in the past , the Courts of constitutional and administrative jurisdiction have recently adopted the ECHR jurisprudence s relating to the notion of “potential victim. ” This will liberalize access to a court by NGO’S and persons who wish to challenge the validity of actions by public authorities.