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Samverkan och sekretess: en rättsvetenskaplig studie av myndigheters informationsutbyte vid olyckor och extraordinära händelser
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
2015 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Agency cooperation and official secrecy : a legal study on exchange of information between authorities in accidents and extraordinary events (English)
Abstract [en]

Cooperation between authorities is of great importance for effective crisis management. A new crisis management system was introduced in Sweden in 2002 to enhance the ability of public authorities to manage accidents and extraordinary events. It expects authorities to cooperate with each other both before and while dealing with such situations. An important aspect of this cooperation is the exchange of information, which is hampered when authorities are obliged to observe secrecy rules even if this limits their ability to manage accidents and extraordinary events. It may be said, therefore, that the legislation governing the exchange of information by authorities, chiefly the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act (2009:400), is essentially at variance with the rules that require cooperation.

The thesis analyses legal requirements on authorities to cooperate and exchange information when dealing with accidents and extraordinary events and how these requirements relate to secrecy rules. The study does not merely examine the legal requirements placed on authorities to cooperate and exchange information and to observe secrecy rules when dealing with accidents and extraordinary events; it also undertakes a critical analysis of the current legislation, with the aim of identifying deficiencies and ambiguities, taking as its criteria that good legislation should be clear, coherent and well-balanced. Since the thesis shows that there are deficiencies in the legislation, it also suggests improvements and alternative forms of regulation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2015. , 404 p.
Skrifter från Juridiska institutionen vid Umeå universitet, ISSN 1404-9198 ; 33
Keyword [en]
administrative law, agency cooperation, civil protection, crisis management, legislation, national security, official secrecy, privacy, security
National Category
Law and Society
Research subject
offentlig rätt; förvaltningsrätt; Law
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111204ISBN: 978-91-7601-358-8OAI: diva2:868133
Public defence
2015-12-04, S213h, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-09 Last updated: 2015-11-10Bibliographically approved

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