The more micro comparisons of similar countries should also have a historical dimension as our findings suggest that matters such as the starting points for rights, the timing of rights and the contingency of interests and rights that compete with disclosure rights play an important role. In this sense, comparative constitutional law may follow the path of a history of legal ideas and legal reform (Langer 2007). Another approach would be to focus on events with global repercussions such as the increased emphasis on the prevention of terrorism since 9/11 (Roach 2011). This approach demonstrates, consistent with our findings on the first axis of comparison, both broad convergence in accepting limits on disclosure rights in the name of national security and witness protection, and continued divergence in the precise implementation of these limits on disclosure rights.
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