Profiles Of The Participants
  • Alistair Graham, Information disclosure manager in Grampian Police, Scotland
  • Ádám Földes, lawyer, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. HCLU is a non-profit human rights watchdog NGO established in Budapest, Hungary in 1994. HCLU is a law reform and legal defence public interest NGO in Hungary, working independently of political parties, the state or any if its institutions. HCLU’s aim is to promote the case of fundamental rights and principles laid down by the Constitution of the Republic of Hungary and by international conventions. Generally it has the goal of building and strengthening the civil society and rule of law in Hungary and the CEE region.
  • Alexander Kashumov, Head of the legal team of Access to Information Programme (AIP), Bulgaria. AIP was established on October 23, 1996 in Sofia, Bulgaria by journalists, lawyers, sociologists, and economists who work in the area of human rights. They joined efforts to promote the right to information and initiate a public debate on related issues.
  • Andris Lācis, Lawyer, State Chancellery of the Republic of Latvia. The State Chancellery is a central public administration institution directly subordinated to the Prime Minister.
  • Danilo Mandic, Project manager, Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA). MYLA aims to uniting the young lawyers, promote their continuous education and direction, with its main objective to raise the quality and the professionalism in the legal community and strengthen the principle of rule of law in Republic of Macedonia.
  • Darian Pavli, Legal Officer for Freedom of Expression and Information at the Open Society Justice Initiative. He has been involved, among other things, with impact litigation before international human rights mechanisms, and has played a leading role in efforts to establish the right of access to government information as a basic human right internationally. He works closely with human rights groups in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and elsewhere to address a broad range of freedom of expression and information deficits, and writes and speaks extensively on these issues.
  • David Goldberg, FOI expert, Scotland. Co-convener for the Campaign for the Freedom of Information. He taught law at the School of Law, University of Glasgow from 1971-2000. Mr. Goldberg is now involved in research and consultancy, and is a guest lecturer for Glasgow Caledonian University’s communications law course.
  • Diāna Kurpniece, Head of Public Relations and Education Division, Corruption Prevention Combatting Burreau, Latvia. The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) is the leading specialized anti-corruption authority of Latvia. Its aim is to fight corruption in Latvia in a coordinated and comprehensive way through prevention, investigation and education.
  • Dragan Popovic, Coordinator of international justice program of Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), Serbia. Mr. Popovic has worked in local non-governmental organizations in Kraljevo and in Center for the rights of minorities in Belgrade. He is author of the book "Implementation of the framework convention for the protection of national minorities in eight Serbian towns". YIHR is a regional non-governmental organisation with programmes in the territories of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, established in 2003.
  • Edgars Pastars, Lawyer, Legal office of the Parliament of Latvia
  • Egons Ālers, formerly working in the Public relations division of the Data State inspectorate, Latvia. Data State Inspectorate is responsible for implementation of Legislation on protection of personal data of physical persons, and freedom of information legislation.
  • Eszter Filippinyi, Program officer for Freedom of Information and Expression, based in Hungary, responsible for developing and implementing FOI adoption and implementation projects, and for project administration. Mrs. Filippinyi has worked for OSI since 1998, previously having been responsible for coordinating the Human Rights Fellowship Program and overseeing editing and publication of reports.
  • Eva Moraga, Legal director, Access Info Europe (Spain). Access Info Europe is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the right of access to information in Europe and contributing to the development of this right globally. Formed by European and international experts in access to information, Access Info works to advance the highest standards of transparency in government and other public bodies, as well as to promote access to information from private bodies where it is necessary for the protection of fundamental rights.
  • Ilir Aliaj, Executive director and founder of Center for Development and Democratization of Institutions (CDDI), Albania. CDDI is a non-profit and independent organization, founded on November 2002. Its mission is to contribute on development and democratisation of the institutions in Albania and to promote the process of European integration of Albania. The activity of the Centre for Developing and Democratisation of Institutions is carried out by a group of Albanian experts with substantial education and experience on European issues and Public Policies.
  • Ilze Ruķere, Advisor of the head of the State Police of the Republic of Latvia, human rights expert, formerly one of the researchers of the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, working with Criminal law and justice.
  • Inga Reine, Representative of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia at the International Human Rights Organisations, Latvia. Mrs. Reine is also a member of the board of the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS.
  • Jautrīte Briede, Justice (senator) of the Administrative division of the Supreme Court of Latvia, a lecturer in the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, one of the first researchers in Latvia, addressing the subject of access to public sector information.
  • Milena Deletić, Legal aid and Free Access to Information Program - coordinator, Network for the Affirmation of NGO Sector, Montenegro. Milena Deletić is co-author of four publications related to free access to information in Montenegro which aim is to present the results achieved so far in the implementation of the law, as well as to indicate the current problems in accessing the information held by the state bodies and to provide grounds for considering amendments to the regulations and for improvement of practice.
  • Miodrag Milosavljevic, Program coordinator, Fund for an Open Society Serbia, Transparency, Accountability and Public Integrity, Serbia. The Fund supports programs and activities aimed at developing democratic culture, civil society, human rights, openness, tolerance, peace and stability in Serbia. The fund works towards this end by focusing on education, science, culture and art, health systems, and communications.
  • Nicoleta Popescu, Lawyer, The Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Romania –the Helsinki Committee (APADOR-CH). Mrs. Popescu is a graduate of the Timisoara Law Faculty and holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the National School of Political Science and Administration in Bucharest, member of the Bucharest Bar and an expert of the Romanian Helsinki Committee since 2004. She has broad experience in access to information and involvement of the public in the decisional process, with a special emphasis on strategic litigation in institutional transparency cases.
  • Rastislav Diovačoš, Coordinator, Fair-Play Alliance, Slovakia. After studies of political science started to work for Fair-Play Alliance as a coordinator for building database of public money flows and public representatives and participated in party financing reform. In course of investigative journalism for students of journalism Rastislav makes a part of the lectures and tutoring students.
  • Roman Romanov, Director of the Rule of Law Program International Renaissance Foundation, Ukraine
  • Sergey Muravjov, Project coordinator, Transparency International - Lithuania.
  • Signe Plūmiņa, Director of Data State Inspectorate, Latvia. Mrs. Plūmiņa is a lawyer, specializing in personal data protection, security of information systems, transport law, freedom of information, e-signature. She is one of authors of book “Information and Telecommunication Law”, 2002.
  • Susan Treadwell, Deputy director, Human Rights and Governance Grants Program, OSI Europe.
  • Tom McClean, PhD cand., London School of Economics, UK. Tom McClean is researching the shifting boundaries between transparency and secrecy in democratic societies, and particularly the factors which have led to greater transparency and the factors which explain ongoing secrecy.
  • Tom Steinberg is the founder and director of mysociety.org: a charitable body that runs many of the best-known democracy websites in the UK, from WriteToThem.com, to PledgeBank.com to the volunteer-founded TheyWorkForYou.com to the No10 petitions website.
  • Vita Tērauda, director, Centre of Public Policy PROVIDUS. She is the former Executive Director of the Soros Foundation-Latvia. Prior to joining the Soros Foundation in 1996, she was Minster of State Reform with responsibility for launching the reform of Latvia's public administration and local government affairs. She has also served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A founding member of the national chapter of Transparency International in Latvia).
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