On 1 November, the Dutch Association for Public Administration awarded Maarten Hillebrandt the Van Poelje Prize for his dissertation entitled Living Transparency. The development of access to documents in the Council of the EU and its democratic implications.
10 March – Public defence doctoral dissertation Maarten Hillebrandt, “Living Transparency. The development of access to documents in the Council of the EU and its democratic implications”, University of Amsterdam – http://acelg.uva.nl/home/components/acelg-events/acelg-events/content/folder/events/2017/03/defence-hillebrandt.html
16 March – Conference on “Transparency and Secrecy in Foreign Policy”, organized by the University of Agder, the University of Oslo, and the University of Maastricht, Kristiansand (Norway) – http://www.uia.no/en/conferences-and-seminares/transparency-and-secrecy-in-foreign-policy
10-12 August – Mini-track on “Open Government and Policy-Making in the Digital Age” at AMCIS conference, Boston (USA) – https://amcis2017.aisnet.org/submissions/track-descriptions/#toggle-id-6
6-9 September – Section on “Behind Closed Doors Re-Visited: Exploring the Transparency-Accountability-Representation Nexus” at the ECPR Annual Conference, Oslo (Norway) – https://ecpr.eu/Events/SectionDetails.aspx?SectionID=678&EventID=96
On March 10 and 11, L’Institut du Monde et du Développement pour la Bonne Gouvernance Publique (IMODEV) at the Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, organizes an international symposium on government transparency. The conference, entitled “Freedom of Information, and Governmental Transparency, in the Open Government Era” aims to bring both social scientists and lawyers from across the Atlantic together to discuss the state of the art in the area of government transparency. More information can be found on the IMODEV website.
In Spain, Miguel Ángel Blanes recently defended a dissertation on access to information in the field of law. It has now been published by Thomson-Reuters/Arandi, under the title “La transparencia informativa de las Administraciones públicas”. More information can be found here. Dr. Blanes works for the Ombudsman of the region of Valencia.
Anoeska Buijze of the Utrecht Law School defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “The Principle of Transparency in EU Law” at Utrecht’s Academy Building on Friday 15 March. She was awarded cum laude for her considerable efforts at structuring a complex legal concept of EU law.