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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Information Rights: Law and Practice 4th ed isbn 9781849464246

Information Rights: Law and Practice 3rd ed

ISBN13: 9781849460118
New Edition ISBN: 9781849464246
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780421964808
Published: July 2010
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

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Wildy's Book of the Month - July 2010

This is the third edition of the leading practitioner's work on freedom of information. Designed to provide in-depth legal analysis and practical guidance, this book has become the first port of call for anyone either seeking or handling requests for official information. The latest edition maintains its authorship of expert lawyers.

The two years since the previous edition of this book (publshed by Sweet & Maxwell) have seen numerous important decisions from the courts and from the Information Tribunal on freedom of information law. The learning from all these has been incorporated into this new edition, enabling a practitioner to see immediately all relevant cases and the principles that emerge from them.

The book is logically organised so the practitioner can quickly find the topic of choice. The work commences with an historical analysis that sets out the object of the legislation and its relationship with other aspects of public law, with full references to Hansard and other Parliamentary materials provided. This is followed by a summary of the regime in five comparative jurisdictions, providing a useful testbed for anticipated effects of discloure and a normative yardstick.

The impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 is given separate consideration. Next follows a series of chapters dealing with rights of access under provisions apart from the FOI Act: access to information held by EU bodies; access to information under the Data Protection Act; access to information under the Environmental Information Regulations; public records; and access under numerous other provisions in legislation.

Together, these provide the practitioner with sources of access that might otherwise be overlooked. All are arranged thematically. Throughout the book, full web references are given (including to all cases), facilitating ready access to primary material.

  • This is the third edition of the leading practitioner's work on freedom of information (The second edition was published by Sweet and Maxwell).
  • Provides in-depth legal analysis and practical guidance.
  • The first port of call for anyone either seeking or handling requests for official information.
  • Will be of interest to public authorities, legal advisors and journalists.

Data Protection
Preface to the First Edition
Tables of Cases
Tables of Primary Legislation
Tables of Secondary legislation
Tables of EU Legislation
Tables of National Legislation
Table of Abbreviations
Web Sources
Chapter 1 Eliciting Official Information
Chapter 2 The Comparative Jurisdictions
Chapter 3 The Influence of the European Convention on Human Rights etc
Chapter 4 Rights of Access under European Union Law
Chapter 5 Access to Personal Information under the Data Protection Act 1988
Chapter 6 Access under the Environmental Information Regulations
Chapter 7 Public Records
Chapter 8 Other Domestic Rights of Access
Chapter 9 The Right to Informiation
Chapter 10 The Duty to Advise and Assist, Codes of Practice and Publication Schemes
lapter 11 The Request
Chapter 12 Disentitlement
Chapter 13 The Response
Chapter 14 Exemptions: General Principles
Chapter 15 Prejudice and the Public Interest
Chapter 16 Information Otherwise Accessible
Chapter 17 Security Bodies, National Security and Defence
Chapter 18 International and Internal Relations
Chapter 19 Economic and Financial Interests
hapter 20 Investigation, Audit, Law Enforcement and the Courts
Chapter 21 Privilege
Chapter 22 Policy Formulation and Public Affairs
Chapter 23 Health and Safety
Chapter 24 Personal Information
Chapter 25 Confidential Information
Chapter 26 Miscellaneous Exemptions
Chapter 27 The Information Commissioners and the Information Tribunal
Chapter 28 Appeals
Chapter 29 Enforcement
Principal legislative sources
FOIA Statutory Instruments
DPA Statutory Instruments
Tribunal Rules, Orders and Practice Notes
Statutory Codes of Practice
European Union Directives and Regulations
Procedural Guides for Dealing with Requests for Information
Parliamentary History of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
FOIA and FOI(S)A Comparative Table;