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FOI for Reviewers 5 July425.00

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One day training course: Friday 5 July

9:30am-4:00pm

About the Course


FOI for Decision Makers and Internal Reviewers

This advanced FOI course provides an in-depth view into the main aspects of the 2014 legislation and how it applies to public bodies and their records.  As well as sharing the valuable experience of a FOI practitioner and the legal expertise of a barrister, it includes case studies so that participants will see how to apply the FOI Act to sample FOI requests.

The course equips FOI Decision Makers and Internal Reviewers with the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to take a pragmatic approach and focus on practical FOI tasks using the relevant law and guidelines. Participants get the opportunity to share their own experiences and get a valuable insight into issues highlighted by an expert in the field, as well as an understanding of best practice. Sessions incorporate time for Q&A.

Schedule

9.30 – 11.00  

Overview of Freedom of Information Act 2014

  • Principles & Objectives of FOI
  • The Principle of Maximum Disclosure
  • Records & Requesters
  • Role of Decision Maker & the Decision
  • Charges and Timeframes

 11.00 - 11.15   

Coffee Break

11.15 – 13.00 

Exemptions

  • Administrative exemptions
  • Public Interest Test and Injury/Harm test
  • Deliberations / Functions and Negotiations
  • Commercially sensitive information/Confidential information
  • Miscellaneous Exemptions
  • Handling Third Party Consultation

 13.00 – 14.00  

 Lunch         

 14.00 - 15.15

Workshop on Sample FOI requests

 15.30 - 16.30  

Final Matters

  • Right to Reasons for Decisions and Amendment of Personal Information
  • The Review Process, Internal Review and Court
  • AIE Regulations and Data Protection – Interaction with FOI

Course Tutor


Claire Hogan is a barrister with a mixed Civil and Public Law practice. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Law and French, and was elected a Trinity Scholar in her Senior Freshman year. She went on to attain a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge, for which she was awarded a Cambridge University European Trust Scholarship.