Workshop on Access to Environmental Information

Workshop on Access to Environmental Information, School of Law, University College Cork, Friday, 12 June 2015

UCC School of Law hosted a workshop on Access to Environmental Information on Friday, 12 June 2015.  The workshop brought together a wide range of invited participants including: academic lawyers from Ireland, England and Scotland; the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information; the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), UK; the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner; the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; the Environmental Protection Agency; and leading information rights advocates.

The aim of the workshop was: to discuss issues arising in implementation of the right of access to environmental information; to facilitate exchange of knowledge and experience on information law and policy; and to develop networks with a view to identifying further opportunities for collaboration and future research projects.

The workshop is part of a larger research project Delivering Access to Environmental Information: Old Challenges, New Approaches funded by an Irish Research Council New Foundations Grant 2014/15 led by Áine Ryall, School of Law, UCC.

The overall aim of the research project is to improve implementation of international and EU law governing the right of access to environmental information in Ireland.

Workshop Participants

Áine Ryall, School of Law, UCC, Convenor

Elizabeth Dolan, Senior Investigator, Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information

Dr Andrew Jackson, Solicitor and Natural Environment Officer, An Taisce (National Trust for Ireland)

Margaret Keyse, Head of Enforcement, Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Dr Fred Logue, FP Logue Solicitors (Partner)

Prof Maeve McDonagh, School of Law, UCC

Paul Mutch, Freedom of Information Officer (Policy & Information), Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Prof Colin Reid, School of Law and FOI Centre, University of Dundee

Marguerite Ryan, National Focal Point – Aarhus, Department of Environment, Community & Local Government

Gavin Sheridan, Founder/CEO @Vizlegal, Advisor @DollarEagle, former Innovation Director @Storyful

Karen Vaughey, FOI/AIE Officer, Environmental Protection Agency

Sean Whittaker, PhD Candidate, School of Law, UCC & IRC Government of Ireland Scholar

Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery, Information Commissioner’s Office, UK

Susan Wolf, Northumbria University School of Law

 

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