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                                                                                        “Promoting dialogue between the ECtHR and the media freedom community”                                           

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, with support of the Council of Europe and its partner organisations, invites you to join a dialogue on freedom of expression between the European legal and the media sphere. It will take place on 24th March 2017 in the Palais de l’Europe Building (Room 1) in Strasbourg.

The conference will be live-streamed entirely. Find the webcast here.

The one-day conference aims to bring together judges and lawyers of the European Court of Human Rights and media lawyers, academics, policymakers, journalists, media professionals and civil society representatives active in the field of media law and freedom of expression. It will provide a platform to discuss the ECtHR case law in cases concerning freedom of expression of media and journalists.

Key topics to be discussed:
● Defamation, privacy and the processing of personal data
● Investigative journalism, access to information, protection of sources and whistleblowers
● The right to protest and the role of the media during protests. 

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Friday, March 24



Welcoming and opening of the conference
avatar for Flutura Kusari

Flutura Kusari

Legal Advisor, ECPMF
Flutura Kusari is a Legal Advisor at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom. She is a media lawyer and in charge of the Legal Support Program that provides legal assistance to free speech activists and organisations working throughout Europe. Flutura is particularly specialised in whistleblowing, the protection of sources, access to public documents and self regulation. She previously worked for the Balkan Investigative Reporting... Read More →

Friday March 24, 2017 09:30 - 09:40
The Palais de l’Europe Building (Room 1)


Keynote speech
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András Sajó

Judge, The European Court of Human Rights
Born on 25 March 1949 in Budapest, Hungary | | Law degree at the ELTE Law School of Budapest, 1972 | Various research fellow positions at the Institute for State and Law, Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 1972 | PhD and Habilitation at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1977 and 1982 | Founder and spokesperson of the Hungarian League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, Budapest, 1988-1994 | Legal Counsellor to the President of Hungary... Read More →

Friday March 24, 2017 09:40 - 09:55
The Palais de l’Europe Building (Room 1)


Keynote speech
avatar for Silvia Grundmann

Silvia Grundmann

Head of Media and Internet Division, Council of Europe
Silvia Grundmann works for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as Head of the Media and Internet Division. She holds both German law degrees with distinction, a Master of Common Law from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and she passed the New York State Bar Exam. For her PhD thesis she analyzed competition laws. Silvia worked as a lawyer in private practice in Brussels, Washington D.C. and Düsseldorf and thereafter as a judge and... Read More →

Friday March 24, 2017 09:55 - 10:10
The Palais de l’Europe Building (Room 1)


Defamation, privacy and processing of personal data
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Gill Phillips

Director of Editorial Legal Services, Guardian News & Media Limited
Gillian Phillips is the Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited (publishers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers and theguardian.com). She was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor in 1984 with the law firm Coward (now Clifford) Chance. She joined the BBC as an in-house lawyer in 1987, later working for News Group Newspapers and Times Newspapers, where she advised on pre- and... Read More →

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Galina Arapova

Director, senior media lawyer, Mass Media Defence Centre
Galina Arapova has a law degree (graduated in 1994 from Voronezh State University) and post-graduate  in world economy and international relations (Russian Academy of Sciences, graduated in 1998),  graduated from Institute of European Law (University of Birmingham, UK, Human Right Law and practice program conducted in cooperation with Council of Europe, in 1999). She is a director and senior media lawyer at the Mass Media Defence Centre... Read More →
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Robert Spano

Judge, The European Court of Human Rights
Robert Spano is a Judge of the European Court of Human rights elected with respect of Iceland. His term of office began on 1 November 2013. Before being elected, Judge Spano served provisionally as Parliamentary Ombudsman of Iceland and Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Iceland. He was a member of the European Committee on Crime Problems and an Independent Expert to the Lanzarote Committee of the Council of Europe... Read More →
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Sanne Terlingen

Journalist, OneWorld & Argos
Sanne Terlingen is a Dutch investigative journalist currently working for OneWorld (online and magazine) and Argos (Dutch national radio). She mostly writes about migration, people smuggling and human trafficking. Her story on a Dutch multimillionaire abusing minors in Ghana earned her ‘De Loep 2012’ for the best investigative journalism by a journalist under 30, and ‘De Tegel’ (the main journalism award in the... Read More →
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Barbara Trionfi

Executive Director, International Press Institute (IPI)
With an academic background in international relations and human rights, Barbara Trionfi joined the International Press Institute (IPI) in 2000 as a press freedom adviser for the Asia-Pacific region, where she had studied and worked for over two years, carrying out research in the field of human rights and freedom of expression.Later, as press freedom manager, she oversaw IPI’s global press freedom activities. Today, as executive... Read More →

Friday March 24, 2017 10:10 - 12:00
The Palais de l’Europe Building (Room 1)


Lunch break
Friday March 24, 2017 12:00 - 13:30


Investigative journalism, access to information, protection of sources and whistleblowers
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Lucy Freeman

Chief Executive Officer, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Lucy Freeman is MLDI's Chief Executive Officer. She joined MLDI from Amnesty International, where she worked for 8 years as Director of Gender, Sexuality and Identity, Director of Growth, Deputy Director in the Africa Programme and Researcher on Nigeria. During this time she led and managed work on issues including freedom of expression and association, safety and security of human rights defenders, discrimination, war crimes and crimes against... Read More →

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Helen Darbishire

Founder / Executive Director, Access Info Europe
Helen Darbishire is a human rights activist specialising in the public’s right of access to information (freedom of information), and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. Helen is founder and Executive Director of the Madrid-based NGO Access Info Europe, established in 2006 to promote the right of access to information in Europe and globally. Helen has worked for over 20 years as a... Read More →
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Antoine Deltour

Whistleblower, Ex-PwC
Antoine Deltour is the main whistleblower in LuxLeaks case. He worked as an auditor for PwC Luxembourg from 2008 to 2010. When he resigned, he copied hundreds of tax rulings that have lead, amongst other documents, to the so-called "Luxleaks scandal". The disclosure of large-scale tax avoidance practices fostered several initiatives for better tax justice. He was convicted by Luxembourg criminal court in June 2016. He received a 12-months... Read More →

Lawrence Early

Jurisconsult, European Court of Human Rights
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Dirk Voorhoof

Executive Board Member, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom & Human Rights Centre/Ghent University
Dirk Voorhoof is prof. em. at Ghent University, Belgium. He is a member of the Executive Board of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and of the Human Rights Centre at the Law Faculty of Ghent University. Since 2005 he is lecturing Media Law at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and from 1995 to 2005 he was a member of the Federal Commission for Access to Administrative Documents in Belgium. The last ten years he was also a... Read More →

Friday March 24, 2017 13:45 - 15:00
The Palais de l’Europe Building (Room 1)



The right to protest and the role of the media during protests.
avatar for Peter Noorlander

Peter Noorlander

Program Director, Bertha Foundation
Peter Noorlander is a recognised expert on international human rights law and policy, particularly on issues of digital rights and freedom of expression, and Director of the Bertha Justice Initiative. He has worked in the human rights NGO sector for twenty years, during which he co-founded and led the award-winning Media Legal Defence Initiative, ran a global network of media and internet freedom lawyers and advised governments and NGOs on law... Read More →

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Duygu Köksal

Duygu Köksal is a human rights lawyer based in Istanbul. She obtained her law degree from the Galatasaray University and her LLM in human rights from University of Strasbourg. She wrote her thesis on “Right to medical care in detention in the light of the ECHR’s caselaw”. | After her studies, she interned at the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and worked mainly on the independence and... Read More →
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David Mead

Professor of UK Human Rights Law, University of East Anglia
David Mead is Professor of UK Human Rights Law at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. His research areas are: protest, free speech, privacy, policing and the UK’s Human Rights Act. He is the author of The New Law of Peaceful Protest: Rights and Regulation in the Human Rights Act Era (Hart Publishing, 2010) and numerous articles on protest over the past decade including pieces on kettling and on the private law regulation of protest... Read More →
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Markus Pentikäinen

Photojournalist and member of editorial board, Suomen Kuvalehti
Markus Pentikäinen, 36, is a award-winning photojournalist and member of editorial board at leading Finnish news magazine Suomen Kuvalehti. There he has been covering international and domestic political, cultural and economic topics since 2005. He has also lectured in different journalism and visual design faculties.

Dragoljub Popović

Former Judge, The European Court of Human Rights
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Daniel Simons

Legal Officer for Freedom of Assembly, Expression and Information, Open Society Foundations
Daniel Simons is a Legal Officer for Freedom of Assembly, Expression and Information at the Open Society Justice Initiative in New York. | He has worked on legal issues affecting civil society and the media for the past 12 years, first at Article 19, the London-based NGO campaigning for freedom of expression and information, and subsequently as a legal counsel at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam from 2008-2016. | He obtained his law degree... Read More →

Friday March 24, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
The Palais de l’Europe Building (Room 1)


Concluding Remarks
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Tarlach McGonagle

Senior Researcher, Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law (IViR)
Tarlach McGonagle is a senior researcher/lecturer at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam and a senior researcher at the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research. He specialises in, and has published widely on, a broad range of topics relating to international and European human rights law, media law and policy and journalism. He was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Amsterdam for his thesis examining... Read More →

Friday March 24, 2017 17:00 - 17:15
The Palais de l’Europe Building (Room 1)