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Dundee seminar explores whether time is right to change FOI laws

 Friday 25 May 2012

A panel of expert speakers is gathering at the Centre for Freedom of Information at Dundee Law School, on Wednesday 30 May, to discuss the future of freedom of information (FOI) laws, north and south of the border. Keynote speakers include: Dr Ben Worthy, from the University College London's Constitution Unit; Ibrahim Hasan, Director of Act Now Training and member of the UK's "Save FOI " campaign; and Christine O'Neill, Partner at Brodies LLP. Rosemary Agnew, Scotland's new Information Commissioner, and new Centre Director Professor Kevin Dunion will join the panel.

The Centre is a partnership between the Commissioner and the Law School and has recently been joined by Professor Dunion, who held the post of Scottish Information Commissioner until February this year.

Rosemary Agnew said:

"This will be the first seminar since the new Centre partnership was formed this month, and my first as Commissioner. The Centre has a crucial role to play in promoting debate about FOI and I'm pleased we are discussing such a critical and current topic - the role and nature of FOI is under close scrutiny both north and south of the border. The current post-legislative review of FOI in Westminster is tackling many issues which are equally relevant here in Scotland, such as the cost of meeting FOI obligations, the relationships between requesters and authorities, and how we forge a way forward which keeps up with the times.

"I'm particularly pleased to have such a strong panel joining us to share their expertise, and I'm looking forward to a lively debate. It's also an opportunity to discuss the way forward for the Centre under its new partnership."

The seminar takes place between 2pm and 4pm in the Dalhousie Building at the Dundee School of Law.

ENDS

For further information contact the Commissioner's Media Team on 01334 464610, out of hours on 07976 511752, or email media@itspublicknowledge.info

For more information on the seminar www.centrefoi.org.uk.

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