School of Advanced Study, University of London
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Accountability or participation? Disentangling the Freedom of information rationales
Dr Judith Bannister
(Senior Lecturer, Adelaide University Law School; IALS Visiting Fellow)
In 2010 the Australian federal freedom of information legislation was amended so as to expressly state as an object:
' The Parliament intends, by these objects, to promote Australia's representative democracy by contributing towards the following:
- increasing public participation in Government processes, with a view to promoting better-informed decision-making;
- increasing scrutiny, discussion, comment and review of the Governments activities'
Dr Bannister is undertaking a comparative study of freedom of information in Australia and the United Kingdom. In this seminar she will consider the impact of participatory ideals in democratic theory when applied to freedom of information schemes operating in representative democracies.
Dr Judith Bannister is a Senior Lecturer at Adelaide University Law School in South Australia. She teaches and researches in Administrative Law and Intellectual Property. She has combined qualification in law and librarianship to develop her research in the field of regulation of information access: er work integrates freedom of information, copyright and confidential information. Judith has a PhD from the Australian National University in the field of information law.
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