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Customising Freedom of Information Law Reform in South Pacific Micro-States
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 17:40 authored by Rick SnellRick Snell, MacDonald, R
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.
Publication titleThe Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
Department/SchoolFaculty of Law
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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