The right to information in international human rights law
Oxford University Press (OUP)
This article explores the conceptual basis for the recognition of a right to information. It commences by reviewing developments in the recognition of a right to information in international human rights law. The role of the right to freedom of expression in furthering the recognition of a right to information is highlighted while the engagement of other rights in such recognition is also explored. The article considers the contribution made by the instrumental approach to the recognition of a right to information in international human rights law. Finally it explores whether there might exist an intrinsic right to information independent of other rights.
Freedom of Information , Freedom of expression , Access to information , Human rights , Human rights law , Right to participate in public affairs
McDonagh, M. (2013) 'The Right to Information in International Human Rights Law', Human Rights Law Review, 13(1), pp. 25-55. doi:10.1093/hrlr/ngs045
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