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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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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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Freedom of Information Act (U.S.)

The full text of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, in a form showing all amendments to the statute made by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.

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Freedom of Information Act 2000 (UK)

The UK’s primary legislation covering the right of access to information held by public authorities

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Morales de Sierra v Guatemala

Ms Maria Eugenia Morales de Sierra was a married woman living in Guatemala, a mother, a working professional and the owner of property jointly acquired with her husband. Together with the Center for Justice and International Law, Ms Morales de Sierra challenged various provisions of the Guatemalan Civil Code, arguing that their differential treatment of […]

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SERAP v Federal Republic of Nigeria ECW/CCJ/APP/08/09

A decision of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice.   The Plaintiff was a Nigerian NGO, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).  It sued the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the state–owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) (a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell) and other international oil companies. SERAP’s claim related […]

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United States. Supreme Court. Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife (1992)

The US Endangered Species Act of 1973 required federal agencies to ensure that any authorised actions did not jeopardize endangered or threatened species or destroy natural habitats. A 1986 amendment to the act limited it scope to actions in the United States or on the high seas. The court case concerned US funding of development […]

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Bribery Act, 2010.

Described as “the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world”. The Act has a near-universal jurisdiction, allowing for the prosecution of an individual or company with links to the United Kingdom, regardless of where the crime occurred.

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