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American expert guests at Centre for FOI event

17 March 2010

An eminent authority on freedom of information in the USA joins Scotland's Information Commissioner Kevin Dunion at an event next week to compare experiences in the two countries.

Professor Dan Metcalfe of Washington College of Law will be keynote speaker at a seminar organised by the Centre for Freedom of Information in Scotland, on Wednesday 24 March, from 6-8pm in the Symposium Hall, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Professor Metcalfe, on his first visit to Scotland, joined the Washington College of Law in 2007 on retiring from a career in US Government service. During his 25-year civil service career, he advised Government departments on the administration of the Freedom of Information Act and supervised the defence of over 500 FOIA and Privacy Act lawsuits. He also met with nearly 100 nations and international governing bodies as they developed and implemented government transparency laws.

More recently, he has lectured on the performance of the Obama administration in its efforts to become "the most transparent administration in history".

Professor Metcalfe will talk about the US experience of FOI, and the Scottish Information Commissioner will respond. They will reflect on the experience of implementation in the US and what lessons can be learned by Scotland.

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The Centre for Freedom of Information in Scotland is a joint venture between the School of Law, University of Dundee and the Scottish Information Commissioner.

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