The European Court of Human Rights and Access to Information: Clarifying the Status, with Room for Improvement – Nani Jansen Reventlow and Jonathan McCully

“While it may be disappointing that the Court did not make an outright turn on the issue of access to information, leaving it behind other regional and international bodies that have fully acknowledged the right, this Grand Chamber judgment can still be seen as a step in the right direction. The Court’s reasoning in the first part of the judgment contains all the ingredients for acknowledging a full-fledged right to access information, including support in an international consensus on the existence of the right to access information. The only obstacle appears to be, in fact, the Court’s own caselaw. One can only hope that, in time, the Court will find itself prepared to surmount that one remaining obstacle and align itself with existing international standards.”

Inforrm's Blog

european-court-of-human-rights-source-garant-ruOn 8 November 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down a much-anticipated judgment on the right of access to information.

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