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 FOI Appeal Routes Seminar - last chance to book!

Image for Centre for FOI Appeal Routes seminar (photo of Scottish Parliament)Wednesday 19 October 2011

Centre for FOI
Dalhousie Building
University of Dundee
2pm - 4pm


You have until Friday 14 October to book a place on the Centre for FOI's 'FOI Appeal Routes' seminar, taking place on Wednesday 19th October, from 2pm until 4pm (buffet lunch available from 1pm) in Dundee.

The seminar will explore the different appeal route models available under FOI regimes, with a particular focus on the differences between the UK FOI Act (where decisions of the Commissioner are appealed to an information tribunal) and the Scottish legislation (where appeals are made directly to the courts).  

In 2009/10, there were 161 appeals to the Tribunal against decisions by the (UK) Information Commissioner, 62% of which were brought by requesters. In Scotland, during 2010, there were two appeals heard by the courts in relation to Scottish Information Commissioner decisions.

But what impact does this have in practice? Do the different systems lead to different outcomes? Which model best serves the resolution of FOI disputes? Is there anything we would change?

Speakers at the seminar will include:

  • Professor John Angel, Principal Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) - sharing experience and learning from the appeal process in England and Wales.
  • Christine O'Neill, Partner Brodies LLP - reflecting on the Scottish appeal model.
  • Rob Edwards, environment correspondent, Sunday Herald - the requester's perspective on FOI appeal processes, from one of the few requesters with experience of appeals under both regimes.

The event will close with a panel discussion, featuring the speakers, alongside Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery, Information Commissioner's Office, and Professor Alan Page, Dean of the School of Law, University of Dundee. The seminar will be chaired by Kevin Dunion, Scottish Information Commissioner.

For more information, or to book a place, visit

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