Welcome to the Centre for Freedom Of Information

Established as a joint activity between the Dundee Law SchoolUniversity of Dundee and the Scottish Information Commissioner, the Centre is focussed on the implementation, interpretation and enforcement of laws which provide rights to information in Scotland and internationally.

We carry out research and activities related to the work of Information Commissioners and equivalent appellate bodies worldwide. Activities include:

  • conducting international surveys of Information Commissioners
  • participating in international access to information initiatives and events, such as the Open Government Partnership
  • advising on the implementation and effectiveness of appellate mechanisms
  • organising seminars and conferences

At a European level the Centre is particularly interested in the impact of the Aarhus Convention and the EC Directive on Access to Environmental Information, and in 2014 hosted a European Conference of Information Commissioners on this subject.. We also ran a project (2012-14) to facilitate an Information Commissioners International Exchange Network, with the support of the Open Societies Foundation

In Scotland, the Centre facilitates exchange between FoI practitioners within public authorities, the legal and academic community and civil society. Its successful seminar series has included international contributors from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Slovenia, South Africa and Sweden.

The work of the centre is overseen by a Management Committee.

 For further information contact Professor Kevin Dunion k.dunion@dundee.ac.uk