Rule of Law

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Commissioner and Openness of Public Information - Overview of the Worldwide Practice

5 March 2013 Author: Constantine Jandjgava In respect of the regulation of freedom of information on a global scale, there comes the need for considering the general functions, obligations and institutional aspects of the corresponding supervisory organ Information Commissioner. This is the very topic of the given research. On the example of a number of countries worldwide, we will attempt to give the reader information about the role of the Information Commissioner in the context of

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The commentary about the necessity of regulating the issue of compensating unused leave of absence of fired employees

4 March, 2013 Author: Sophio Sachaleli LL.M. Expert of IDFI in legal issues PhD student, University of Trier, Germany On January 28th 2012 the Ministry of Justice of Georgia published a draft law of the changes of the organic law of the Labor Code. IDFI replied to the project for changes and posted a commentary about the necessity of regulating the issue of compensating unused leave of absence of fired employees. The commentary was also sent to the secretary of the Minister

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OVESSG v. Austria - Obligation of Public Institutions to Process Public Information

Decision of the Tyrol Real Property Transactions Commission to refuse information request of an NGO constitutes interference within right to receive and impart information. The complete refusal and commissions choice to hold a monopoly on information, made it impossible for the applicant to carry out its task and is thus not justified as being “necessary in a democratic society” (para. 47).

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The Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR): the Right of Access to Public Information

Date: 18 February, 2013 Author: Nino Tsukhishvili IDFI Legal Expert/ Recipient of the Open Society Human Rights Internship 2013 The purpose of the article is to discuss the case law of the European Court of Human Rights(ECHR) regarding the right of access to public information. The article reflects a changing approach of the ECHR for recognizing the right of access to public information for years and contains analysis of the standards established by the Court, which the

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The Right of Employees to Claim a Compensation for Unused Vacation in Cases of Labor Contract Termination

January, 2013 Author: Sophio Sachaleli LL.M. Expert of IDFI in legal issues PhD student, University of Trier, Germany The Labor Code of Georgia, which has been a subject of much criticism since its adoption, faces important changes today. To achieve the set goal, specifically, to adopt a Labor Code which will be in line with the European standards and at the same time will balance the rights of employers and employees, experiences of previous years and overview of the

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The Openness of Government Meetings in Georgia or the Necessity of Bringing the Georgian Government out of “Shadow

Author:Constantine Janjghava The Openness of Government Meetings in Georgia or the Necessity of Bringing the Georgian Government out of Shadow -Comparison of Practices - Georgia and the United States of America. The following paper deals with the concept and practice of the openness of government meetings. The main question that needs to be answered is the following: Should the meetings of the Government of Georgia be open as a rule? To answer this question, first of all, it is co

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Freedom of Information: Legislation and Practice

Freedom of Information: Legislation and Practice - Georgia, United Kingdom (Scotland), United States ofAmerica, Estonia Comparative Analysis. Author: Eliso Chabrava Editor: Giorgi Kldiashvili The following study is comparative analysis of Georgian and international legislation the United Kingdom (Scotland), the United States of America, Estonia) prepared within the framework of a project Research on the Effectiveness of the FOIA Provisions in Georgia, implemented by the Institut

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Monitoring of e-Transparecy of Georgian Court System

In October 2011 the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information started a project called Improving the Accountability and Transparency of the Georgian Courts within the frameworks of the Civic Initiative for an Independent Judiciary program of the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF). The main goal of the project was the monitoring of the e-resources of the system of the Georgian courts and increasing the level of transparency and accountability in the activities of the Georgian

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e-Transparency of court system of Georgia

The project Improving the Accountability and Transparency of the Georgian Courts has been implemented within the framework of the program of Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) Civic Initiative for an Independent Judiciary, which has been financed by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through East-West Management Institute (EWMI). Within the framework of the research official web-pages of 16 courts of Georgian court system have been monitored, the level of their info

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Georgia Adopts Standards About Proactive Disclosure

21 June 2012 By Giorgi Kldiashvili Kldiashvili is the Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information based in Tbilisi. The General Administrative Code of Georgia, which regulates the Freedom of Information in Georgia, was adopted in 1999 and was pretty advanced at that moment. Nowadays is a little bit outdated and has some very significant imperfections in means of technological achievements, mostly related to e-Governance and e-Transparency. The Institut