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Commentaries On The Law On Classified Information

Author(s): Đorđe Popović
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: BCBP Beogradski centar za bezbednosnu politiku
Keywords: secret; classification; access to classified information; classification levels; legal procedures.

Summary/Abstract: Adopting the Law on Classified Information finally rounds out the legal portfolio regulating the classification and access to information in the public interest, but whose public disclosure would jeopardize the vital interests of the state. Until the time this Law was passed in Serbia there were no clear criteria for classifying information. Therefore, this matter was regulated by a large number of different regulations, thus setting the stage for arbitrary decision-making and significant abuse. Adopting this law was preceded by a comprehensive debate; many original solutions were disputed by the experts, and the text of the law itself has undergone several amendments. The following text is an analysis of both legal document itself and the main problems accompanying its adoption. This text also represents the next sequence in the problematics of the aforementioned portfolio, which has commenced by a backgrounder titled What May and What May Not be a Secret in State Security Sector that the Centre for Civil-Military Relations published back in 2008.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 3-10
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Serbian