Bosnia and Herzegovina

Name of law: Law on Freedom of Access to Information for Bosnia and Herzegovina
First adopted: 2000
Last modified: 2006-05
RTI Rating last updated: 2011-09


Though it has some key areas for improvement, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s RTI law is comparatively strong. The law earns full points in terms of its scope and has a regime of exceptions that is largely in line with international standards, including a harm test for exceptions and a mandatory public interest override. However, the law problematically does not explicitly override secrecy provisions in other legislation. Another key weakness in the law is the fact that the oversight body can only make recommendations, rather than binding decisions, and the lack of sanctions for those who wilfully breach the Act or protections for those who make good faith disclosures.

Local Expert: Srdjan Blagovcanin