CVs of Information Commissioners Worldwide

Freedom of Information

One could not argue that Freedom of information laws are only as good as the response mechanisms built into the laws themselves, and as good as the efficiency of the appeal procedures. If citizens cannot take an action to enforce their right of access being “shy” of filing a suit, or do not have enough financial resources to do that, FOI laws cannot serve as an active “pushing” system for more transparent government.
Therefore, in order to ensure a culture of openness and to give citizens a right to access to information, adequate and effective appeal mechanisms must be in place. However, common for all types of appeals is that no enforcement mechanism can make public administrations accountable for lack of openness if they are not willing to abide by the recommendations or decisions made to them.

There are five systems of second-instance (appeal) decision-making when dealing with access to public information:

  • Appeal before the body which denied access to a document,
  • Higher Administrative bodies,
  • Court as an appeal body (directly) after the first level decision,
  • Ombudsman as a mediator,
  • Information Commissioner or Commission

Members of Information Commissioners' "community" are commissioners and ombudsmen.

CVs of ICs

Who are Information Commissioners in Africa?

Who are Information Commissioners in Asia?

Who are Information Commissioners in Central, South America & the Caribbean?

Cayman Islands

Jennifer Dilbert, MBE, JP,


Alejandro Ferreiro Yazigi, Curriculum Vitae

Who are Information Commissioners in Europe?

Ombudswoman Gertrude Brinek, Curriculum Vitae
Ombudswoman Terezija Stoisits, Curriculum Vitae
Ombudsman Peter Kostelka, Curriculum Vitae

Elmira Suleymanova


Elmira Suleymanova, Curriculum Vitae

Foto Dix 2009 preview


Dr. Alexander Dix, Curriculum Vitae

Viljar Peep


Viljar Peep, Ph.D,


Pece Tashevski (President), Curriculum Vitae

Blerim Iseni (Vice President), Curriculum Vitae
Katerina Dimeska (Member), Curriculum Vitae
Marjanco Kolevski (Member), Curriculum Vitae
Boban Panovski (Member)


Rodoljub Šabić, Curriculum Vitae


Nataša Pirc Musar, Curriculum Vitae


Hanspeter Thür, Curriculum Vitae



Christopher Graham,

Who are Information Commissioners in North America?


Suzanne Legault, Curriculum Vitae

Canada , Ontario

Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., Curriculum Vitae


Jacqueline Peschard, Ph.D., Curriculum Vitae

Who are Information Commissioners in Oceania?

John McMillan online


Professor John McMillan AO, Curriculum Vitae

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"Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” -- Louis D.…

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