Government and Information Rights: The Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation

Government and Information Rights: The Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation

by Patrick Birkinshaw, Mike Varney

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Overview

Government and Information: The Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation is the leading text offering comprehensive and practical advice on the access, disclosure and retention of government records under UK, EU and ECHR requirements. It is essential reading for all those dealing with public authority information.

The fifth edition is extensively revised following numerous developments in both UK and EU law as well as the ever expanding case law on information rights under statutory, Convention and common law provisions.

Legislation:

Justice and Security Act 2013;
Crime and Courts Act 2013 (s 34 in relation to press standards following Leveson);
Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015
Investigatory Powers Bill 2016;
Environmental Information Regulations 2004;
General Data Protection Regulation 2016;

Key cases since the last edition include:

Evans v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 - the SC ruled that the Attorney General had acted unlawfully in issuing a veto preventing disclosure
Kennedy v Charities Commission [2014] UKSC 20 - Supreme Court extended the ambit of the common law in relation to access to information and transparency
Case 362/14 Schrems [2015]) - involving data transfer to the USA
PJS v Newsgroup Newspapers ltd [2016] UKSC 26 – developing the law of personal privacy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784518974
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 04/18/2019
Series: Criminal Practice Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 752
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Professor Patrick Birkinshaw and Dr Michael Varney from Hull University.
Patrick Birkinshaw is Professor of Public Law, University of Hull. As well as Government and Information: the Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation (4th ed co-authored with Mike Varney, Bloomsbury Professional 2011) he has published many books and articles including Freedom of Information: the Law, the Practice and the Ideal (4th edn Cambridge University Press 2010) and The European Union Legal Order after Lisbon (Kluwer Law International 2010 with M Varney) and European Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2003). He has acted as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Public Administration Committee on three separate inquiries and reports and has been a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Irish Research Council and a research council of the Finnish Academy. He has undertaken numerous consultancies for UK and overseas governments on freedom of information and transparency. He is editor of the quarterly journal European Public Law.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The freedom of information legislation
Chapter 2 Data protection, access to personal information and privacy protection
Chapter 3 Access to environmental information
Chapter 4 Central government
Chapter 5 The European perspective
Chapter 6 Local government as providers and keepers of information
Chapter 7 Restrictions on the use of, and access to, information by public officials and representatives
Chapter 8 Public access to information and access to meetings
Chapter 9 Information and open government – specific areas
Chapter 10 Information, redress of grievance and judicial review
Chapter 11 Litigation and information
Chapter 12 The National Audit Office and the Comptroller and Auditor General
Annex A Freedom of Information Act 2000, Schedule 1
Annex B List of statutory provisions concerning prohibitions on disclosure of information

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