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

The European Court of Human Rights
Strasbourg, France

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. He also served as Chairman of the Standing Committee of Experts on Criminal Law of the Icelandic Ministry of Justice. Judge Spano is a graduate of Oxford University.



Le juge Robert Spano a été élu à la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme en 2013 au titre de l’Islande. Avant de prendre ses fonctions judiciaires, il a servi en tant que Médiateur du Parlement islandais et doyen et professeur du droit de l'Université d'Islande. Il était aussi le délégué islandais au Comité européen pour les problèmes criminels et un expert indépendant pour le Comité de Lanzarote du Conseil de l'Europe. Il a également été président du Comité permanent d’Experts sur le droit pénal du ministère de la Justice islandaise. Le Juge Spano est diplômé de l'Université d'Oxford.