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Customising Freedom of Information Law Reform in South Pacific Micro-States


Snell, R and MacDonald, R, Customising Freedom of Information Law Reform in South Pacific Micro-States, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 104, (6) pp. 687-701. ISSN 0035-8533 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00358533.2015.1112099


This article highlights the importance of adopting a pluralist approach to developing freedom of information (FOI) schemes within specific states in an age of ‘adopter intensification’. The limitations of imposing universal ‘off the shelf’ schemes without addressing multifaceted and unique state requirements are highlighted. The South Pacific Region is utilised as an example that demonstrates adoption is merely the initial and simplest step in an ongoing process of adaption and implementation. Comprehension of the ongoing commitment required in implementing effective FOI schemes should exist prior to legislative conception. Draft schemes must consider not only the supply and demand element of FOI within specific states, but also their broader macroand micro-level intricacies. Vanuatu and Tonga are used as examples to demonstrate that even where a pluralist and staged approach is undertaken progress can still be slow and problematic.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:South Pacific, Tonga, freedom of information, secrecy, public sector transparency
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:Conflict of laws (incl. private international law)
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Snell, R (Associate Professor Rick Snell)
UTAS Author:MacDonald, R (Ms Rowena MacDonald)
ID Code:107197
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2016-03-08
Last Modified:2016-04-28

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