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October 2021

Department of International Law celebrates International Day for Universal Access to Information

Department of International Law celebrates International Day for Universal Access to Information

As part of the activities carried out at the international level every September 28 to celebrate World Access to Information Day, the Department of International Law (DIL) participated in three important events.

In the first place, Dr. Dante Negro, Director of the DIL participated in the Course on Public Integrity organized by the OAS School of Government in the session entitled "Access to Public Information and Open Data." Dr. Negro referred to the importance of the right of access to public information in a democratic society, highlighting the principle of maximum publicity and the central role of active transparency in the context of the regional standards contained in the Inter-American Model Law 2.0 on Access to Public Information approved by the General Assembly in 2020.

The Director of the DIL also pointed out the importance of having a statutory exceptions regime which is as restrictive as possible and lists in detail the causes for withholding information from public knowledge.

Second, Dr. Jaime Moreno-Valle, Senior Legal Officer of the DIL participated in the forum “Access to Public Information in the Open Justice Framework”, organized by the Justice and Transparency Project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Commission for the Improvement of the Administration of Justice of Costa Rica (CONAMAJ). This academic event was opened by Magister Alejandro Sánchez Garrido, Coordinator of the Open Justice and Transparency Component of USAID’s Justice and Transparency Project, and Magistrate Fernando Cruz Castro, Chair of the Costa Rican Judicial Branch.

Dr. Moreno-Valle referred to the standards set by the Model Law 2.0 on Access to Public Information in terms of active transparency, integration and authority of the guarantor body, information classification and document management, highlighting that said Model Law incorporates a gender perspective from its design, and seeks to meet the needs of groups in vulnerable situations to easily access the information that interests them.

Finally, on September 30 the DIL participated in the opening session of the Training Program: Access to Information and Sustainable Development organized by Honduras’ Institute of Access to Public Information and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), which will take place weekly during October and November.

At this event, Dr. Moreno-Valle presented the innovations contained in the Model Law 2.0 with respect to its predecessor and referred to the way in which the right of access to information, as stated in said Model Law, can be exercised across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

» To access the Model Inter-American Law 2.0 on Access to Public Information, click here.

» To visit the DIL website on access to information, click here.


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