Tunisian Access to Information Authority

Professor Dunion was commissioned by Article 19 to provide a detailed guidance document for the implementation of the proposed Tunisian Access to Information Authority. He travelled to Tunis in March 2016 to meet with key stakeholders from the Supreme Court, Parliament, National Archives, Data Protection Authority as well as from civil society....

Latin American Delegation Welcomed

A fact-finding tour of Information Commissioners and Ombudsman offices in Scotland, England and Ireland was organised by the Centre for Freedom of Information for their counterparts from Brazil , Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay. The delegation explored techniques of alternative dispute resolution (such as mediation) as a means of resolving appeals and complaints, more quickly and without formal adjudication.  Background research and analysis of international experience was conducted by Professor Dunion and Professor Rojas of Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile which has subsequently been published as &ldquo...

European Information Commissioners Network proposed

Delegates attending the European Conference of Information Commissioners in Edinburgh 2-4 November 2014 have supported the establishment of a European Network.    The event organised by the Centre for Freedom of Information saw 35 delegates support the exchange of professional experience or concerns, including    dealing with chronic failure by authorities to respond to requests. accessing disputed information in the course of investigation. application of FoI to official information exchanged by personal emails. validity of request made by social media. relationship between FoI and d...

Latest International Survey of Information Commissioners published

The latest International Survey of Information Commissioners, conducted by the Centre for Freedom of Information, has been published (17 November 2014). Some of the key findings, from the survey responses provided by 53 Commissioners/ Ombudsman in 33 countries, are:   How well do authorities comply with Commissioners decisions? 85% of Commissioners, who can order disclosure or otherwise require compliance with their decisions, say that authorities always comply or compliance occurs in a significant majority of cases.   By contrast, none of the Commissioners who can only make recommendations repor...

CentreFoI provides expert input to drafting of Georgia's FoI Law

Kevin Dunion was invited to Georgia to provide expert advice and review, as discussions on drafting a FoI law reach an advanced stage. Hosted by the Ministry of Justice and the Institute for the Development of Freedom of Information, and supported by Open Society Georgia Foundation, his 5 day visit included meetings with the First Deputy Minister for Justice; government officials; members of parliament; the Personal Data Protection Inspector, Public Defenders Office. Prominent amongst the key issues being addressed in these meetings, and also in presentations made to a roundtable conference of the Anti &nd...