On a global basis, freedom of information can be regarded as an important cornerstone of the contemporary governance landscape. The Council of Europe’s Convention on Access to Official Documents (2009) defines FOI as the norm that “all official documents are in principle public and can be withheld subject only to the protection of other rights and legitimate interests.”
In 1766, Sweden was the first country worldwide to introduce a law requiring freedom of information, marking the year of 2016 as the 250th anniversary. At the same time, the U.S. celebrates 50 years on the same matter. This will be celebrated on November 4th at the Southwestern Law School, who is hosting a conference in commemoration of the Swedish and American anniversaries. Several different speakers will be on stage during the day to discuss the past, the present and the future of freedom of information.
Read more about the conference here