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Centre for FOI 'Appeal Routes' Seminar - final programme
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Update - The final programme for the Centre for FOI's 'FOI Appeal Routes' seminar, taking place in Dundee on Wednesday 19th October 2011, has now been confirmed.

The seminar will explore the different appeal route models available under FOI, with a particular focus on the differences between the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (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?

Our keynote speaker will be Professor John Angel, Principal Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights), who will discuss the FOI appeal process under the Freedom of Information Act (2000). 

He will be joined by Christine O'Neill, Partner at Brodies LLP, who will reflect on the Scottish appeal model, and Rob Edwards, environment correspondent with the Sunday Herald, one of the few requesters with experience of appeals under both FOI regimes.

The seminar will close with a panel discussion, which will feature 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

Booking will be available until Friday 14 October 2011.

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