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Making Freedom of Information Requests: A Guide for Academic Researchers

Produced by the Constitution Unit of the UK’s University College London, this guide contains various examples of FoI requests, alongside tips and advice on pursuing demands for information helps by public bodies in the UK.

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Example requests for information from UK state authorities

Published by a group named WhatDoTheyKnow, this is a database containing hundreds of thousands of FoI requests to UK authorities, and the responses received from those bodies.

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Advancing Freedom of Information in Seven Liberian Counties

A report by the U.S. Carter Center on specific instances of the application of Liberia’s Freedom of Information Act, signed into law on September 16, 2010.

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A citizen’s guide to requesting Government records under the U.S. FoI legislation

A lengthy but useful guide to FoI requests using U.S. legislation.  Remember, you don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to use most of these rights to demand material from U.S. public authorities.

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UK ICO: Information request “dos and don’ts”

A helpful and practical guide from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office that gives tips and advice on how to access information from a public body. Though it is UK-focused, the principles are applicable more generally.

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Summaries of European Union Court decisions on data protection and FoI

A lengthy report which is focused on European data protection decisions, but which also includes coverage of FoI cases.

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Digest of significant U.S. Supreme Court FoI cases

A list of important decisions by America’s senior court on the U.S. FoI Act, published by a non-profit association. Focused on cases of relevance to journalists, but helpful guidance for more general use.

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South African Human Rights Commission

The SAHRC has the primary enforcement role for South Africa’s FoI legislation, amongst other important mandates.  It describes itself as “the national institution established to support constitutional democracy.. committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.”

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Promotion of Access to Information Act (South Africa)

The full text of South Africa’s primary FoI legislation.  Notably this allows for access to records and data held by private as well as public bodies.

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Freedom of Information Act (Australia)

The full text of the Australian Freedom of Information Act 1982, which confers a right of access to documents and information held by Australian Government ministers and most state agencies.

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