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2014 Forsskål symposium

  • Date: 11/21/2014 at 1:15 PM 4:00 PM
  • Location: The Orangery, Linnéträdgården, Svartbäcksgatan 27
  • Lecturer: Panelists are associate professor Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg, professor Hans-Gunnar Axberger, Senior lecturer Josef Pallas, journalist and publicist Nils Funcke, Niklas Skeri, journalist at UNT, and Sven Bergman, journalist at Uppdrag granskning, SVT.
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  • Organizer: Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice and the Faculty of Law
  • Contact person: Per-Olov Hammargren
  • Phone: 018- 471 20 72
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The Swedish principle of public access has a historic and strong position in Swedish law and in the Swedish political system, as a result of its constitutional protection. The principle of public access, however, is never stronger than the effect given in specific cases. Today the principle of public access is challenged in many different ways.

Internationalisation and Europeanisation of the Swedish legal system presents challenges for the  principle of public access. Cross-border cooperation requires harmonization of regulatory frameworks and not rarely does this happen on the basis of the lowest common denominator, which in our case means a weaker protection of the Swedish principle of public access.

Similarly, privatization of the public sector as well as new ways to govern public activities adds to the principle of public access being eroded; not rarely by contractual means. Fruthermore, authorities are using communication policies to control employees ' communication to the outside world about authority activities. Add to this individual officials fear of making mistakes and a sense of loyalty to both the own authority and other authorities to work closely with a cumulative analysis suggests that the Swedish principle of public access is challenged from both inside and outside pressures.

What does this mean for the Swedish principle of public access current standing and general applicability? What values are at stake? How is the idividual citizen affected? These questions form the starting point for the 2014 annual Forsskålsymposium.

Welcome to a panel discussion chaired by professor Olof Petersson on the various challenges facing the  principle of public access.

Panelists are associate professor Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg, professor Hans-Gunnar Axberger, Senior lecturer Josef Pallas, journalist and publicist Nils Funcke, Niklas Skeri, journalist at UNT, and Sven Bergman, journalist at Uppdrag granskning, SVT.