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Title:Country:Year:Court / Arbiter:
Access Info Europe v. Council of the European Union European Union 2011 International / EU The Council infringed Regulation No 1049/2001 by denying disclosure of information relating to the identity of delegations of European Member States making policy proposals under an Article 4(3) exemption to the Regulation because the risk that delegations would refrain from submitting written proposals does not sufficiently undermine the decision-making process to justify the refusal of access to the requested information.
Boniface Okezie v. Attorney-General of the Federation and The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Nigeria 2013 First instance Public institutions must comply with requests for information within seven days. If they refuse to comply, they must supply specific bases for refusal under the FOI Act in a notice to the applicant within seven days of the request.
Conrad Stefaans Brümmer v. the Minister of Social Development and Others South Africa 2009 Constitutional A thirty-day time limit for parties who wish to challenge a denial of a request for information in court is inadequate; until the legislature passes a law setting a fair time limit, requesters will have 180 days in which to file.
Incorporated Trustees of the Citizens Assistance Centre v. Honourable S. Adeyemi Ikuforiji & Lagos State House of Assembly Nigeria 2012 First instance The Freedom of Information Act 2011 cannot be applied retroactively to requests for information that originated prior to the enactment of the Act. An order of mandamus is an extraordinary remedy that should only be granted when all other judicial remedies have been exhausted.
Legal Defence & Assistance Project (Gte) Ltd. V. Clerk of the National Assembly of Nigeria Nigeria 2012 First instance The salaries of the Members of Parliament are not personal information and should be disclosed.