Experts

Global Freedom of Expression at Columbia collaborates with an international team of lawyers, practitioners, activists, and academics who have an expertise in freedom of expression and freedom of information. These experts, who work across the globe, are contributing to the mission of Global Freedom of Expression at Columbia, by identifying judicial freedom of expression cases, drafting analyses of the cases, reviewing yearly trends, and generally providing substantive input into the work of Global Freedom of Expression.

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Agnès Callamard

Agnès Callamard

Director, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Special Adviser to the President, Columbia University

Dr. Agnès Callamard is the Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression, an initiative seeking to advance understanding on freedom of expression global norms, and Special Adviser to the President of Columbia University, first amendment scholar Lee Bollinger.

On August 1, 2016, she was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions.

Dr. Agnès Callamard has a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work globally. She spent nine years as the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization promoting and defending freedom of expression and access to information globally. Under her leadership, ARTICLE 19 reach and reputation flourished earning global recognition for its cutting edge public policy thinking on diverse issues including national security, equality and development. She founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), which is the first self-regulatory body for humanitarian agencies at the international level. Prior to this, Dr. Callamard was Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) and AI’s Research-Policy Coordinator, leading AI’s policy work and research on women’s human rights.

Agnès has advised senior levels of multilateral organizations and governments around the world and has led human rights investigations in more than 30 countries. She has published broadly in the field of human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements and accountability and holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.

Yaman Akdeniz

Yaman Akdeniz

Professor of Law, Human Rights Law Research Centre at Bilgi University, Turkey

Dr. Yaman Akdeniz (LLB, MA, PhD) is a Professor of Law at the Human Rights Law Research Center, Faculty of Law and the Pro Rector for the Istanbul Bilgi University. Between 2001 and 2009, Akdeniz was at the School of Law, University of Leeds. He established Cyber-Rights.Org in the UK. More recently, Akdeniz was appointed as an ‘elected independent expert’ to the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Rights of Internet Users, and to the Council of Europe Committee of experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom. His recent publications include Internet Child Pornography and the Law: National and International Responses and Racism on the Internet. Akdeniz also authored the 2006 Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office entitled Stocktaking on efforts to combat Racism on the Internet; the 2010 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Turkey and InternetCensorship; and 2011 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Freedom of Expression on the Internet: Study of legal provisions and practices related to freedom of expression, the free flow of information and media pluralism on the Internet in OSCE participating States.

Sheikh Maytham Al Salman

Sheikh Maytham Al Salman

Sheikh Maytham Al Salman is a Shia cleric from Bahrain. An internationally respected inter-faith leader and a renowned thought leader, Maytham Al Salman advocates for peaceful coexistence and mutual respect between cultures, religions and sects.

Sheikh Maytham Al Salman is the founding member and current coordinator of the Middle East and North Africa Civil Society Coalition to Counter Incitement to Hatred; a multi-stakeholder platform, established in April 2015, that is dedicated to ending incitement to violence, hostility, and discrimination. The Coalition monitors, analyses and reports on incitement speech across the region, and promotes interventions to counter such incitement.

Maytham is the director of Bahrain Inter-Faith, a non-profit organization seeking to prevent religious and social discrimination and sectarianism, and working to encourage and support interfaith dialogue.

Maytham serves on a committee of the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, advising the Office on the role of religious leaders in preventing incitement that could lead to atrocity crimes. He is also an expert associated with Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression, an initiative established by Columbia University President and first amendment scholar Lee Bollinger, to explore, and promote global norms on the protection of freedom of expression.

Maytham Al Salman is also a member of a number of inter-faith international initiatives, including the International Council for Religious Dialogue, the International Commission for Religious Freedom, the International Religious Committee for Cooperation with the United Nations and the World Association of religious tolerance. He is an active participant and contributor to human rights forums, including the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Forum for the Rights of Minorities. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, the World Forum of Religious Tolerance, the International Conference for Cultural Diplomacy, the International Conference for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Conference Dialogue among Civilizations, the International Conference for Islamic Unity.

Above all, Sheikh Maytham is an advocate for equal rights, tolerance and the end of discrimination, including in his own country of Bahrain. In 2011, in punishment for his advocacy, he was arrested, detained for several months and was tortured as were a number of other human rights defenders, some of whom are still in prison.

Catherine Anite

Catherine Anite

Chief Legal Officer at the Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda, Uganda

Catherine Anite is a Ugandan Human Rights advocate, focusing on the promotion and defense of freedom of expression, media rights, and access to information. She has over four years’ experience working with journalists, women, children and refugees. She is the Chief Legal Officer at the Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda, where she defends and represents journalists at police stations and Courts of Law, analyzes and publicizes laws and policies that impede on freedom of expression, publishes work on media rights, trains journalists on professional standards, promotes media self-regulation and spearheads media rights campaigns. In September 2014 she successfully argued a case which created new jurisprudence on open justice for journalists in Uganda. Catherine and two other lawyers have challenged the constitutionality of the Press and Journalist Act and the Uganda Communications Act in the Constitutional Court of Uganda. She has also filed a Reference at the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania, challenging the offence of criminal defamation. In 2012, Catherine was selected by Avocats Sans Frontiers and the East African Law Society in an EU Human Rights Defenders project to constitute a pool of human rights lawyers to defend rights in East Africa and the Great Lakes Region. Besides being a judge at the E. Price international media moot court at the University of Oxford in England, she was also selected by the U.S State Department in 2014 to participate in President Obama’s Washington Fellowship program for Young African Leaders, where she studied civic leadership at the University of Delaware. She has volunteered as a lawyer with the Women Lawyers Association (FIDA), Uganda Human Rights Commission, and Danish Refugee Council. Catherine holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Law from Makerere University, Uganda and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala.

Galina Arapova

Galina Arapova

Director and Senior Media Lawyer of the Mass Media Defense Centre, Russia

Galina Arapova is director and senior media lawyer of the NGO Mass Media Defence Centre (Russia). She is a trustee of the human rights organization ARTICLE 19; Russian national expert on admissibility of the Council of Europe’s HELP program (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals); and a member of the International Media Lawyers Association. She undertook post graduate studies at the Institute of the World Economy and International Relations (Russian Academy of Sciences). She graduated from the European Law Institute (Birmingham, UK) in human rights law where she completed a practice program conducted with the Council of Europe. She is a Member of the UNECSO chair on Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights at the Institute of International Law and Economics (Moscow). Galina is the author of many publications on Russian media law and international standards in the field of freedom of expression, freedom of information, defamation, and Internet regulation. She is a practicing media lawyer, and has taken a number of cases to the European Court of Human Rights. She has wide experience as a lecturer and trainer on legal issues related to defamation, freedom of expression, freedom of information, and Article 10 of ECHR case law.

Chinmayi Arun

Chinmayi Arun

Research Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, India

Chinmayi Arun is Research Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, where she is also an Assistant Professor of Law.  She is a member of the Indian Government’s multi stakeholder advisory group for the India Internet Governance Forum and one of the academic experts for the Internet & Jurisdiction Project’s Observatory. She has also been a consultant to the Law Commission of India.

Chinmayi has published academic papers on surveillance and the right to privacy in India, and on information gatekeeper liability in the context of internet intermediaries. She is lead author of the India country report in Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net report and the India report in the Global Network of Centres’ study of online intermediaries which was led by the Berkman Centre at Harvard Law School.

She has been invited to discuss her work at academic institutions like Oxford University and Harvard University, as well as at fora convened by international bodies like UNESCO. In an effort to make sure that her work is accessible and has impact, Chinmayi has participated and supported the government delegation in events such as the World Conference on International Telecommunications. She designed and is building an online information policy teaching and learning resource.

Chinmayi has studied at the NALSAR University of Law, and London School of Economics and Political Science. At the LSE, she read regulatory theory and new media regulation, and was awarded the Bernard Levin Award for Student Journalism. She has worked with Ernst & Young and AZB & Partners, Mumbai in the past, and has taught at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences where she introduced courses on regulatory theory and communication regulation. She teaches seminar courses on Internet Governance at National Law University Delhi.

Sahar Aziz

Sahar Aziz

Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law, USA

Sahar F. Aziz is an associate professor at Texas A&M University School of Law where she teaches torts, national security, civil rights, race and the law, and Middle East law. She is a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. Prior to Texas A&M, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP in Washington, D.C. where she litigated class action civil rights lawsuits. Professor Aziz started her career as a litigation associate at WilmerHale.

Professor Aziz’s scholarship is at the intersection of national security and civil rights law with a focus on how post-9/11 laws and policies adversely impact racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. She is also an expert on the Middle East wherein she focuses on the relationship between authoritarianism and rule of law in Egypt. Her academic articles have been published in the Harvard National Security Journal, George Washington International Law Review, Penn State Law Review, and the Texas Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Journal. In 2015, Professor Aziz was named an Emerging Scholar by Diverse Magazine and received the prestigious Derrick Bell Award from the American Association of Law Schools Minority Section in recognition of her scholarship and advocacy.

Professor Aziz has been featured on CNN, CSPAN, Fox News, Russia Today and Al Jazeera America and published commentaries on CNN.com, the New York Times, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Middle East Institute, the World Politics Review, the Houston Chronicle, The Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, and Huffington Post. She is an editor of the Race and the Law Profs blog and serves on the board of the ACLU of Texas.

Professor Aziz has a J.D. and M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas where she served as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. Professor Aziz clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Hossam Bahgat

Hossam Bahgat

Investigative Journalist, Mada Masr, Egypt

Founding Executive Director, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

From 2002-2013, Hossam Bahgat was the founding executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, where he still remains as chairman.  He recently became an investigative journalist for the independent news service Mada Masr.  A journalist and human rights defender with a background in political science and international human rights law, Hossam is based in Cairo.  He serves as board chair of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), a member of the board of directors of the Fund for Global Human Rights, and an advisory board member of the Open Society Foundation’s Arab Regional Office and its Justice Initiative.  In 2010, Human Rights Watch awarded Hossam the Allison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.

Robert Balin

Robert Balin

Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, USA

Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, USA

Co-Chair, Media Law Practice Group, USA

Robert Balin is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Co-Chair of a Media Law Practice Group. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School. Robert represents clients in all aspects of media law, including defamation, privacy, news gathering torts, First Amendment issues, copyright and trademark litigation and contracts. He handles complex litigation for multinational and national corporations, including publishers, broadcasters and new media. Robert’s clients include: 02138 magazine, adidas, Business Week, CNN, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Thomas Friedman, Henry Holt and Company, Random House, Reader’s Digest, St. Martin’s Press, Woman’s World, Yellow Book USA, and Sing Tao Daily. He frequently writes and lectures on media law issues and is a contributor to the Media Law Resource Center’s monthly MediaLawLetter.

Sindre Bangstad

Sindre Bangstad

Researcher at KIFO (Institute For Church, Religion and Worldview Research) in Oslo, Norway

Sindre Bangstad is a social anthropologist based in Norway, and works as a researcher at KIFO (Institute For Church, Religion and Worldview Research) in Oslo. He holds a cand. polit. degree in anthropology from the University of Bergen in Norway (2002) and a PhD in religious studies from Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2007). He is the author of inter alia Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia (Zed Books, 2014), The Politics of Mediated Presence: Exploring The Voices Of Muslims In Norway’s Mediated Public Spheres (Scandinavian Academic Press, 2015) and the forthcoming edited volume Anthropology in Our Times: From A Series In Public Anthropology (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016). Bangstad has a background from ethnographic research on Muslims in South Africa and Norway and has published in leading international scholarly journals. His recent work in the anthropology of law and human rights explores racism and Islamophobia and the intersections between free speech and hate speech with particular reference to the case of Norway. He blogs at:    http://www.sindrebangstad.com/ and maintains a professional page at: https://uio.academia.edu/SindreBangstad

Elazar Barkan

Elazar Barkan

Professor of International and Public Affairs, Director of the Human Rights Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Elazar Barkan is a Professor of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Human Rights Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. His research interests focus on human rights and on the role of history in contemporary society and politics and the response to gross historical crimes and injustices. His books include Choreography of Sacred Spaces: State, Religion and Conflict Resolution, (edited book with Karen Barkey, Columbia University Press, 2014) No Return, No Refuge: Rites and Rights in Minority Repatriation (with Howard Adelman, Columbia University Press 2011); The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices (2000); Claiming the Stones/Naming the Bones: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity, (an edited volume with Ronald Bush, Getty, 2003); and Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (an edited volume with Alexander Karn, Stanford University Press, 2006).

M. Cherif Bassiouni

M. Cherif Bassiouni

Emeritus Professor of Law, DePaul University, USA

Honorary President, International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, Italy

M. Cherif Bassiouni is Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University where he taught for 45 years (1964-2009). He was a founding member, and later served as President and Emeritus President of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University. In 1972, he was one of the founders of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) in Siracusa, Italy, where he served as Dean from 1974-1988 and then as President to date. He also served as the Secretary-General and President of the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal in Paris from 1974-2004. Professor Bassiouni pursued his legal education at the University of Cairo, Dijon University, France, and in the U.S. where he obtained his S.J.D. at George Washington University. He has been a member and chair of a number of U.N. and National Commissions of Inquiry into the conflicts of: the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Bahrain. He is the author of many books and law review articles in several languages. He is often referred to at the “father of international criminal law.” In 1999, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his seminal work in the establishment of the ICC. He was the co-chair of the Committee of Experts drafting the U.N. Anti-Torture Convention and has held several other U.N. positions. He has lectured at many Universities the world over, and has received numerous awards as well as fourteen medals from various countries and received ten honorary degrees from various universities around the world.

Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University, USA

Emily Bell was director of digital content for Britain’s Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010. Previous to that post, Bell was editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited from 2001 to 2006. Under Bell, the Guardian received numerous awards, including the Webby Award for a newspaper website in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and British Press Awards for Website of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Bell first joined the Observer newspaper, which became part of Guardian News and Media, in 1990, as a business reporter specializing in media business, marketing and technology. Bell is a leading media commentator in the U.K., writing about broadcasting and media policy issues. She is a 1987 graduate of Christ Church, Oxford University, where she earned a master’s degree in jurisprudence.

Guy Berger

Guy Berger

Director, Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO

Guy Berger is Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO. His remit includes the world press freedom day, safety of journalists, internet freedom, media pluralism, journalism education and grant-making by the International Programme for the Development of Communication. Before joining UNESCO, he was the Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, where he led the development of the Africa Media Matrix facility, the Highway Africa conference, and the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership. In September 2011, he convened the Pan African Conference on Access to Information to mark the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s Windhoek Conference on a Free, Pluralistic and Independent Press. Berger has published extensively on and in the news media. He has won several awards, including the Fulbright Alumnus Award, the Fulbright African Research Fellowship Award, the Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity from the South African National Editors Forum, and the Allan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achiever award. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Rhodes University.

Eduardo Bertoni

Eduardo Bertoni

Director, Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE), Palermo University School of Law, Argentina

Professor Eduardo Bertoni (Phd, Buenos Aires University) is the Director of the National Data Protection Authority in Argentina. He was the founder and the first director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law, Argentina. He was the Executive Director of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) until May, 2006. Previously, he was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States (2002-2005). Teaching Fellow at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University School of Law (2001). Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow (2012-13) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Former member of the advisory boards of the Human Rights Initiative (Open Society Foundations), the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet), among others. Dr. Bertoni has also worked as an advisor to the Department of Justice and Human Rights in Argentina. He is an Argentinean lawyer and holds a Masters in International Policy and Practice from the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Prof. Bertoni currently teaches at Buenos Aires University School of Law and New York University School of Law (Global Clinical Professor). He published several opinion pieces on democracy and human rights in leading newspapers in the Americas and has written several publications on judicial reforms, international criminal law and human rights & Internet.

Esha Bhandari

Esha Bhandari

Staff Attorney, ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, USA

Esha Bhandari (@bhandari_esha) is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, where she focuses on litigation and advocacy relating to online speech, academic freedom, privacy rights, and the impact of big data. Esha was previously an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, where she was involved in litigating cases concerning a right to counsel in immigration proceedings, detainer policies, and discriminatory state and local laws. She has also been a staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she worked on two trials challenging a Texas law limiting women’s access to reproductive health care. Esha is a graduate of McGill University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Columbia Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Sir Nicolas Bratza

Sir Nicolas Bratza

As a practising barrister and Queen’s Counsel, Nicolas Bratza was elected as the United Kingdom member of the European Commission of Human Rights in 1993. In 1998 he was appointed a High Court judge and elected as the first United Kingdom judge of the permanent European Court of Human Rights. In the same year he was elected as one of the Section Presidents of the Court and in 2007 was elected as one of the Court’s two Vice-Presidents. In 2011 he was elected as President of the Court, a post he held until his retirement from the Court and from the High Court in October 2012. He is a member of the International Commission of Jurists and currently chairs an International Advisory Panel overseeing the investigation into the violent events in Kyiv and Odessa, Ukraine at the end of 2013 and the early part of 2014.

Aurélie Bretonneau

Aurélie Bretonneau

Member, French Conseil d’Etat, France

Aurélie Bretonneau is member of the French Conseil d’Etat since 2007. She is currently serving in the litigation department, as rapporteur public (advocate general) appointed to the chamber specialised in public liberties, administrative police and taxes. She previously ran the Center of judicial research and the comparative law service of the Conseil d’Etat.

Barbora Bukovská

Barbora Bukovská

Senior Director for Law and Policy, ARTICLE 19, UK

Barbora Bukovská has been ARTICLE 19’s Senior Director for Law and Policy since 2009. She leads on the development of all ARTICLE 19 policies and provides legal oversight and support to legal work across the organization. Barbora has an extensive experience working with various organisations on a range of human rights issues, including protection from discrimination, access to justice, deprivation of liberty, reproductive rights and community development. She also initiated about 50 cases at the European Court of Human Rights on these issues and has published a number of reports and articles on a broad range of human rights. From 2006 to 2008, she was the Legal Director at the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an international organization working on the rights of people with disabilities in Europe and Central Asia. She graduated from the Law School of Charles University in Prague and has earned a doctorate degree in law in Slovakia and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. In 1998 and 1999, she was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Law School in New York.

Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho

Journalist, Author, Human Rights Defender, Mexico

Lydia Cacho is a Mexican award wining journalist; author and Human Rights activist specialized in women and children’s rights.  Her ample knowledge has led her to write nine books, from poetry to fiction, nonfiction investigative reporting and a Manual to prevent child abuse, she has published essays on gender issues and a 2014 investigation on the love life of mature Mexicans. Her international best seller on Sex Trafficking, Human Slavery and Child Pornography have been translated into twelve languages and sell in more than thirty countries around the world. She has received notable recognition for traveling around the world investigating Human Rights violations and organized criminal networks

Cacho has developed specialized tools to confront complex problems and search for real solutions using her grassroots experience as an author, an international reporter of Human Rights and as a well recognized founder of shelters for women and children victims of gender violence including sexual violence and Human Trafficking. Her approach to teaching new skills for Peace Journalism and to confront Human Trafficking and slavery around the world has gained her several awards and international prizes.

Lydia´s knowledge of different Law systems, psychology and pedagogy has led her to develop an effective teaching system using all resources including creative writing, narrative listening, art-therapy, techniques to interview children, and reporting organized crime with group collaboration skills. She has received 40 international Human Rights and journalism awards including the Human Rights Watch, Ginetta Sagan Amnesty Award; OXFAM award; IWMF award; CNN Hero; UNESCO- Guillermo Cano freedom of expression award; The Wallemberg Medal; The Tucholsky Award; PEN Canada Award; and World Press International Hero 2010 for the International Press Institute in Vienna.

She is an international Board member of Article 19; Chime for Change Fund; Oasis Foundation and of the House Citlaltepetl for persecuted writers. She has been a member of the jury of the international human rights film festivals in Mexico.

Stewart Chisholm

Stewart Chisholm

Associate Director, Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations, UK

Stewart Chisholm is an Associate Director with the Open Society Foundations’ Program on Independent Journalism based in London, England, where he oversees the Program’s global portfolio on media policy and freedom of expression. He joined the organization in 2000, working first in Budapest until the Program’s move to London in 2003. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in International Affairs with a concentration in International Media and Communications and a certificate in International Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics. He has worked as a researcher for the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York, as well as a journalist with CNNfn and Bloomberg Television in New York. Stewart is fluent in Russian and has worked previously for nearly a decade in Russia on NGO and civil society development initiatives.

Mishi Choudhary

Mishi Choudhary

Founding Executive Director of SFLC.in, India

Mishi Choudhary is a technology lawyer, licensed to practice in New York and India with over a decade of experience in the area of intellectual property rights, Open Source licensing, e- commerce, privacy, surveillance, platform liability and user free expression. She has been involved in a number of court cases and other efforts around protection of online free speech and expression; privacy; surveillance and software patents in India. She is the Founding Executive Director of SFLC.in, India, a legal services organization based out of New Delhi that brings together lawyers, policy analysts, technologists, and students to protect freedom in the digital world. At SFLC.in, she focuses her work on promotion of innovation and open access to knowledge by helping developers make great Free and Open Source Software, protect privacy and civil liberties for citizens in the digital world, educate policy makers to reach informed decisions on the use and adoption of technology. She is also the Legal Director at Software Freedom Law Center, New York that provides pro-bono legal services to developers of Free, Libre, and Open Source Software. Mishi has a Masters degree in Law from Columbia University in the City of New York, a Legum Baccalaureus (LL.B.) degree with Honors and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi.

Sarah Cleveland

Sarah Cleveland

Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, Columbia Law School, USA

Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School, USA

Professor Sarah Cleveland is a noted expert in international and comparative human rights law. In 2014, she was nominated by the United States and elected to serve a four-year term as an independent expert on the U.N. Human Rights Committee. She is the Co-Coordinating Reporter of the American Law Institute’s project on the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, and the U.S. Member on the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. From 2009 to 2011, Cleveland served as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where she supervised the office’s legal work relating to the law of war, counterterrorism, and Afghanistan and Pakistan, and assisted with its international human rights and international justice work. She continues to serve as a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law and is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and a Council Member of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute. A former Rhodes Scholar, Cleveland holds a baccalaureate degree from Brown University, a master’s degree from Oxford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and Judge Louis Oberdorfer on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Before joining the Columbia Law School faculty in 2007, she previously taught at the Harvard, Michigan, and University of Texas law schools and at Oxford University. Cleveland has written widely on issues of international law, human rights, and U.S. foreign relations law, including co-authoring Louis Henkin’s Human Rights casebook (2nd ed. 2009 and update 2013).

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney

Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow, Human Rights Institute, Columbia University, USA

Amal Clooney is a barrister who specializes in international law and human rights. She represents clients before international courts, including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights. Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise.

Mrs. Clooney served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s Envoy on Syria. She also served as Counsel to the UN Inquiry on the use of armed drones led by the Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. She is a member of the UK’s team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict zones. And, she was recently appointed to the UK Attorney General’s expert panel set up to advise and represent the UK government in cases involving public international law.

Prior to joining the London Bar, Mrs. Clooney worked in The Hague with various UN- sponsored justice mechanisms, including the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She is also admitted to the New York Bar and practiced as a litigation attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. She speaks English, French, and Arabic.

Sandra Coliver

Sandra Coliver

Senior Legal Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative, USA

Sandra Coliver is Senior Legal Officer for Freedom of Information and Expression at the Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational arm of the Open Society Foundations. Previously, she managed or participated in human rights and rule of law programs around the world, including with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the OSCE, and Article 19. She coordinated the drafting of the Tshwane Principles on National Security and Right to Information (2013), helped develop the Johannesburg Principles on National Security, FOE and Access to Information (1995), and wrote a commentary and edited a book on that theme (published by Martinus Nijhoff); wrote a Handbook on FOE Best Law and Practice; edited a book on hate speech laws and practice in more than two dozen countries; and co-authored two other books on freedom of expression and information issues. She has submitted several interventions to the European and Inter-American Human Rights systems, and contributed to the UN Human Rights Committee’s General Comment on Article 19. She served on the Faculty of the Summer Program on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at AU Washington College of Law, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley Law School.

Ann Cooper

Ann Cooper

CBS Professor of Professional Practice in International Journalism, Columbia University, USA

Ann Cooper is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent with more than 25 years of radio and print reporting experience. Before joining Columbia Journalism School’s faculty in 2006, she was executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists for eight years, following a career on National Public Radio’s foreign staff. Appointed as NPR’s first Moscow bureau chief in 1987, Cooper covered the tumultuous events of the final years of Soviet communism. She co-edited a book, “Russia at the Barricades,” about the August 1991 failed coup attempt in Moscow. From 1992 to 1995 Cooper was NPR’s bureau chief in Johannesburg, and she later covered the United Nations for NPR. She has been an Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism at State University of New York in New Paltz. Cooper is a journalism graduate of Iowa State University (ISU), which has honored her with the James W. Schwartz award for service to journalism and the Alumni Merit Award, given “for outstanding contributions to human welfare that transcend purely professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university.

Sheila Coronel

Sheila Coronel

Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia Journalism School, USA

Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism, Columbia Journalism School, USA

Sheila S. Coronel is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and is Stabile professor of professional practice at Columbia University in New York. She began her reporting career in the Philippines, and in 1989, cofounded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption. She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Coups, Cults & Cannibals, The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress, and Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 2003. In 2011, she was awarded the Presidential Teaching Award by Columbia University.

Bertrand de la Chapelle

Bertrand de la Chapelle

Co-founder and Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project, France

The Internet & Jurisdiction Project, launched in 2012, is a global multi-stakeholder dialogue process to establish a transnational due process framework for the Internet, in order to handle the tension between its cross-border nature and the diversity of national jurisdictions. Bertrand was previously a Director on the ICANN Board (2010-2013), France’s Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society (2006-2010) and an active participant in the WSIS process (2002-2005). A determined promoter and implementer of multi-stakeholder governance processes for more than 15 years, he builds upon his experience as a diplomat, a civil society actor but also a tech entrepreneur, as co-founder and president of Virtools (1994- 1998), a pioneer provider of virtual reality development environment, acquired in 2005 by Dassault Systèmes. Bertrand is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1978), Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1983), and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (1986).

Agustina Del Campo

Agustina Del Campo

Director, Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE), Universidad de Palermo, Argentina

Agustina Del Campo, LL.M., Esq. is the Director at the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Universidad de Palermo and an international human rights consultant. Ms. Del Campo has a law degree from Universidad Catolica Argentina and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law. She previously ran the Impact Litigation Project at AU WCL where she coordinated the research and litigation of several freedom of expression cases before the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights. Agustina has extensive experience in human rights training, particularly as it relates to freedom of expression and the press in the Inter-American human rights system. She taught and lectured in several Latin American countries and the U.S. Additionally, Agustina has authored and/or contributed to over a dozen publications.

H. R. Dipendra

H. R. Dipendra

Chair of Kuala Lumpur State Bar Association, Malaysia

H.R. Dipendra is a lawyer practising in Kuala Lumpur. His practice includes protecting and promoting media defence and freedom of expression within the Southeast Asia region. Dipendra is involved in projects including training of lawyers and media activists in the Southeast Asian region and has participated in trial observer missions and other case interventions. In addition, Dipendra is currently the Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur State Bar Committee, the largest State Bar in Peninsula Malaysia with approximately 7,300 lawyers. He also chairs the Professional Standards and Development Committee at the Malaysian Bar Council and the Civil Practice Committee at the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee. Dipendra is also a member of the Malaysian Bar Council Human Rights Committee. Dipendra was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 2000 and is the managing partner of Messrs Arianti Dipendra Jeremiah. He holds a LLB from the University of London and graduated with a LLM (merit) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1999.

Michael W. Doyle

Michael W. Doyle

Director, Columbia Global Policy Initiative, Columbia University, USA

Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Political Science, Columbia University, USA

Michael W. Doyle is the Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and the Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science at Columbia University. His current research focuses on international law and international relations. His major publications include Ways of War and Peace (W.W. Norton); Empires (Cornell University Press); Making War and Building Peace (Princeton Press); Striking First: Preemption and Prevention in International Conflict (Princeton Press); and The Question of Intervention: J.S. Mill and the Responsibility to Protect (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2014). He served as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan where his responsibilities included strategic planning (the “Millennium Development Goals”), outreach to the international corporate sector (the “Global Compact’) and relations with Washington. He also served as an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund from 2006 through 2013.

Matt Duffy

Matt Duffy

Adjunct Professor, Journalism, Berry College, USA

Board Member, Arab-United States Association of Communication Educators, USA

Dr. Matt J. Duffy researches Arab communication regulations. He’s published a book on media laws of the United Arab Emirates and has written about legal speech restraints in Arab countries for the Berkley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. He currently teaches journalism at Berry College in Rome, Ga., and serves on the board of directors for the Arab-US Association for Communication Educators.

Ronan Ó. Fathaigh

Ronan Ó. Fathaigh

PhD Candidate, Ghent University, Belgium

Research Fellow, Columbia University, USA

Ronan graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a first-class master’s degree in law, and was vice president of the university’s student law society. His main research interests are media law and freedom of expression, and he is a former legal researcher with the Irish national public broadcaster (RTÉ). Ronan is currently writing his doctoral dissertation at Ghent University, Belgium, on freedom of expression and the chilling effect doctrine, under the guidance of Professor Dirk Voorhoof. He has published his work in a number of law reviews, including the Journal of Media Law, European Human Rights Law Review, Hibernian Law Journal, Columbia Journal of European Law, and European Human Rights Cases, and is a regular contributor to the Strasbourg Observers blog. Ronan is spending spring 2014 at Columbia Law School as a research fellow.

Ona Flores

Ona Flores

Human Rights Specialist and Senior Attorney, Office of the OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, USA

Ona Flores is a senior attorney at the OAS Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression. She is a lawyer from Venezuela and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Columbia University Law School (2007), where she was a Fulbright fellow and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She worked as an attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for six years and worked as a researcher and program coordinator at the Center for Human Rights of the Universidad de Chile.

Ricardo Gandour

Ricardo Gandour

Director, Estado Group, Brazil

Since 2006 Ricardo Gandour is the executive editor of Brazilian daily newspaper “O Estado de S.Paulo” and the Chief Content Officer of Estado Group, which includes print, digital and radio platforms. Gandour holds a Bachelor in Journalism (Cásper Líbero Foundation, Brazil) and Civil Engineering (São Paulo University, Brazil). He attended to professional programs in Publishing (Stanford University, USA), Business Administration (Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil) and Avanced Management (Insead, France). After having worked as an engineer (1985-1987) and business consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (1987-1989), he started his career as a journalist at the daily “Folha de S.Paulo”, where he worked as a reporter, editor, senior-editor, and deputy director and founded PubliFolha, a publishing house. At Editora Globo, he managed the book division and the weekly magazine “Época”. From 2002 to 2006 he was the general director of “Diário de S.Paulo”, a metropolitan daily newspaper. Gandour also collaborated as a visitant professor of journalism at São Paulo University and Casper Líbero Foundation. He is currently the Editorial Committee Director of ANJ (Brazilian Association of Newspapers), member of the Latin American board of WAN-IFRA (World Association of News Publishers) and member of the advisory board of the NGO Instituto Palavra Aberta, which works to promotes freedom of expression in Brazil.

Tais Gasparian

Tais Gasparian

Media Lawyer, Brazil

Born in 1958, in the city of São Paulo, São Paulo. Graduated in Law by Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (1983) and graduated by Faculdade de Letras, Filosofia e Ciências Humanas da Universidade de São Paulo (1981). Enrolled with the Brazilian Bar Association, São Paulo Chapter, in 1984, under n. 74.182. Master in Philosophy and Jurisprudence by Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (1989). Ms. Gasparian was Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Justice (2002), and member of the Board of Directors of Associação dos Advogados de São Paulo (AASP). She also participated in the Special Commission for Immaterial Property OAB- São Paulo Chapter (2004/2006) and is a member of Associação Brasileira de Direito Autoral [Brazilian Copyright Association] (ABDA). Ms. Gasparian Practices Civil Law, in consulting services and litigation, especially regarding freedom of speech.

Charles Glasser

Charles Glasser

Media Consultant

Charles Glasser spent twelve years as the Global Media Counsel for Bloomberg News, where he was responsible for pre-publication review, ethics issues, and training more than 2,200 reporters in more than 120 bureaus around the world on legal issues and journalistic fundamentals, particularly focusing on investigative and business news. He also managed media litigation globally, and is acknowledged as an expert in international media law. He is the author and editor of “The International Libel and Privacy Handbook” (Third Edition, 2013, John Wiley and Sons) and is a regular panelist and contributor for several media law and journalism organizations including The Media Law Resource Center, The Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Media Law Defence Institute (UK). Mr. Glasser also served as the news organization’s ombudsman, and was responsible for managing complaints, corrections and interacting with public relations and investor relations professionals who sought input into Bloomberg content, both before and after publication. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mr. Glasser represented a wide variety of general circulation publications including Reader’s Digest, the New York Post, Star Magazine, and others. He is currently managing his own consultancy, providing legal and media ethics advice to publishers, managing Freedom of Information litigation and providing content and privacy guidelines to web-based startups. He currently acts as a media consultant to a wide range of news and content platforms at www.charlesglasser.net.

Gordon M. Goldstein

Gordon M. Goldstein

Managing Director - Head of External Affairs, Silver Lake, USA

Gordon M. Goldstein joined Silver Lake in 2010. He is a Managing Director with responsibility for global external affairs, including government relations, public policy, strategic communications, and media relations issues for Silver Lake as well as key public affairs issues for the firm’s portfolio companies. In 2012 Mr. Goldstein represented Silver Lake as a member of the United States government and industry delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications. Mr. Goldstein previously served as a Managing Director at Clark & Weinstock, a government relations, corporate communications, and strategy consulting firm. Mr. Goldstein is a former Senior Adviser to the Strategic Planning Unit of the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary General and previously served as Co-Director of the Council on Foreign Relations Project on the Information Revolution and as Co-Director of the Brookings Institution Project on Sovereign Wealth Funds and Global Public Investors. Mr. Goldstein is a former Wayland Fellow and visiting lecturer at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and was a visiting lecturer at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. He is the author of Lessons In Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam, a study of national security strategy and White House decision-making which was a Foreign Affairs bestseller published by Times Books. He has appeared on the ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and BBC television networks and his articles and book review essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Financial Times, and other publications. Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of Columbia University, where he was an International Fellow and was awarded a B.A. and M.I.A. as well as the M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in political science and international relations.

Frédéric Gras

Frédéric Gras

Attorney at Law at the Bar of PARIS, France

Frédéric Gras, born in 1965 in Germany, is a French attorney at Law at the Bar of PARIS (France) who deals with Media Law (freedom of speech, intellectual property, advertisement) and Labour Law cases for media firms and journalists. He is also an expert for the Council of Europe (DG II) and a lecturer on Freedom of Speech for UNESCO, OSCE, ARTICLE 19 and Civil Rights Defenders (ex Swedish Committee) . He is a member of the editorial committee of LEGIPRESSE, a French Media Law Review. In a former academic life, he was a Lecturer at the University of PARIS II Pantheon-Assas and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Political studies in Rennes (Brittany).

Kent Greenawalt

Kent Greenawalt

University Professor, School of Law, Columbia University, USA

Kent Greenawalt is University Professor at Columbia University, teaching at the Law School. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Oxford University, and Columbia Law School, he clerked for Justice Harlan and worked a year in the State Department before teaching at Columbia. He was later Deputy Solicitor General for a year. He has written a number of books and articles on freedom of speech and other constitutional issues, as well as questions about “public reason.” He has a forthcoming book from Oxford University Press on constitutional interpretation.

Gabrielle Guillemin

Gabrielle Guillemin

Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19, U.K.

Gabrielle Guillemin is Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19, an international free speech organisation based in London. She has been leading the organisation’s work on internet policy since 2011. She is a member of the UK Multistakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance (MAGIG) and an independent expert attached to the Council of Europe committee on Cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet Freedoms. Prior to ARTICLE 19, Gabrielle worked as a Registry lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights for four years. She holds a double degree in English and French law (Hons) from King’s College London-Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and an MSc Human Rights (Distinction) from the London School of Economics. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006

Dave Heller

Dave Heller

Staff Attorney, Media Law Resource Center, USA

Dave Heller is a staff lawyer with the Media Law Resource Center. Much of his work focuses on MLRC’s international programs and initiatives. He has been involved with the programming and planning of the MLRC London Conference since its inception and this year worked on MLRC’s first conference on Legal Issues Concerning Hispanic and Latin American Media. He has written comments on UK and European media law reform issues, including the new UK Defamation Bill. He is a member of MLRC’s International Media Lawyers Project (IMLP) which has worked to expand MLRC’s membership to lawyers in developing countries. He is also the editor of MLRC‟s monthly MediaLawLetter, and a regular contributor to MLRC’s other publications, including an annual survey of developments in media libel and privacy law.

Fatou Jagnes

Fatou Jagnes

Director, ARTICLE 19 Sénégal and West Africa, Sénégal

Fatou Jagnes Senghor has more than 10 years of experience working on human rights and freedom of expression around Africa. She is based in Senegal, worked and lived in France, Gambia, UK and South Africa. She joined ARTICLE 19 in February 2002 and worked in the Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa until 2004. She is currently based in Senegal where she established and heads ARTICLE19 West Africa regional office in 2010. She works with governments, African intergovernmental bodies and NGOs on media law/ policies and freedom of expression issues in Africa, conducting investigative missions, conducting national and regional training, advocacy, litigate on behalf of victims of human rights violations and writes on human rights and Freedom of expression in Africa. Fatou coordinated the advocacy work for the adoption of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in African by the African Commission on Human Rights in 2002 and has spearheaded the development of the framework for the establishment of the mechanisms of a Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression in Africa (2005). She also chaired the Working group on access to information in African (2011 to 2013). She led the coordination and drafting of many NGOs recommendations and resolutions before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. She was programme adviser on the reform of the National Media Commission of Ghana (from August 2012 to January 2014).

Nani Jansen Reventlow

Nani Jansen Reventlow

Human Rights Lawyer

Nani Jansen Reventlow is an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers and a 2016-2017 Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. At the Berkman Klein Center, Nani’s work focuses on cross-disciplinary collaboration in litigation that challenges barriers to free speech online. She also acts as an advisor to the Cyberlaw Clinic.

Between 2011 and 2016, Nani has overseen the litigation practice of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) globally, leading or advising on cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and several African regional forums. Nani obtained the first freedom of expression judgment from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Konaté v. Burkina Faso) and the East African Court of Justice (Burundi Journalists’ Union v. Burundi), and appeared before the Supreme Court of Rwanda to argue international and comparative law standards on freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial.

Karin Deutsch Karlekar

Karin Deutsch Karlekar

Director, Free Expression Program, PEN American Centre, USA

Dr. Karin Deutsch Karlekar is currently Director of Free Expression programs at PEN American Center. She served from 2001-15 as the project director for Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press project, an annual report that tracks trends in global media freedom. She coordinated the research, ratings, and editorial processes for the index, as well as serving as a spokesperson on media issues, representing the organization at meetings and conferences and appearing regularly in the media as an expert on topics including press freedom, internet and digital media freedom, and freedom of expression. She has developed index methodologies and conducted training sessions for Freedom House on internet freedom, freedom of expression, and monitoring dangerous speech; authored a number of special reports and academic papers; and conducted research, assessment, and advocacy missions to Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Freedom House, Dr. Karlekar was an editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit and also served as a consultant to Human Rights Watch. She holds a Ph.D. in Indian History from Cambridge University, England.

Issaaf Ben Khalifa

Issaaf Ben Khalifa

Human Rights Lawyer, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Tunisia

Issaaf Ben Khalifa is a barrister, registered at the National Bar Association of Tunisia since 2005. As a young lawyer she supported civil society organizations working on women’s rights, by defending women subjected to sexual and domestic violence. She graduated with a Masters degree in Legal Studies and a Diploma of Higher Studies (DHS) in fundamental legal sciences from the University of Legal, Social and Political Sciences in Tunis. She taught the human rights course at the High Institute for Electronic Commerce in Tunisia (September 2006 – June 2007). She was a human rights officer with the Regional Office for North Africa of United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), from June 2012 till March 2013 and currently is a human rights officer with the OHCHR Tunisia Country Office. Issaaf Ben Khalifa is the officer in charge of drafting the OHCHR-Tunisia report on “The judicial implementation of penal provisions related to the prosecution of journalists laid down in the Decree-law No 2011-115 (new press code)”.

Irene Khan

Irene Khan

Director-General International Development Law Organization

Irene Khan is Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the only inter-governmental organization exclusively devoted to advancing the rule of law. An international thought leader on human rights, gender and social justice issues, Ms. Khan was Secretary General of Amnesty International from 2001 – 2009. Prior to that, she served with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years at headquarters and in various field operations. Ms. Khan is a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She sits on the boards of several international human rights and development organizations. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and sits on the jury of the Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression Award.

Steve Killelea

Steve Killelea

Founder, The Charitable Foundation, USA

Founder, Institute for Economics and Peace, USA

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace.

Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 he established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specializes in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life-changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia and has substantially impacted the lives of over 2.3 million people.

In 2007 Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an international think tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. IEP’s ground-breaking research includes the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of peacefulness. Steve’s founding of IEP was recognized as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history.

Steve currently serves on a number of influential Company Boards, Advisory Boards and President Councils. In 2010 he was honored as Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the global peace movement and the provision of humanitarian aid to the developing world. In 2013 Steve was nominated one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” by the UK group Action on Armed Violence.

Ross LaJeunesse

Ross LaJeunesse

Global Head of International Relations, Google, USA

Ross LaJeunesse is Global Head of International Relations for Google, where he oversees the company’s efforts to promote and defend a free and open Internet around the world. LaJeunesse has been with Google for more than seven years, and previously served as Head of Government Affairs in Asia Pacific. Before joining Google, LaJeunesse served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He helped develop and execute the Governor’s comprehensive and ambitious policy agenda, including economic development, infrastructure investment and education reform issues.  In the mid-2000s, LaJeunesse was Chief of Staff to California Controller Steve Westly, the state’s chief financial officer. He also served as Chief of Staff to California Public Utilities Commissioner Susan Kennedy.  LaJeunesse began his career in Washington, D.C. as an assistant to United States Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell and later as a policy advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy.  LaJeunesse graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and received his law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.

Nicholas Lemann

Nicholas Lemann

Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus, Columbia Journalism School, USA

Nicholas Lemann began his journalism career as a writer for a New Orleans newspaper, the Vieux Carre Courier. He graduated from Harvard College, where he studied American history and literature. After graduation, he worked at The Washington Monthly, The Texas Monthly, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker. From 2003-2013, Lemann was dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. During this time, the Journalism School launched and completed its first capital fundraising campaign, added 20 members to its full-time faculty, built a student center and a digital media center, started two new professional degree programs, and launched new initiatives in investigative reporting, digital journalism, executive leadership for news organizations, and other areas. In 2013, returned to the Journalism School’s faculty. Lemann is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He has published five books, most recently “Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War” (2006). He has written for such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and Slate; and worked in documentary television with Blackside, Inc., “FRONTLINE,” the Discovery Channel, and the BBC. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

Gregg Leslie

Gregg Leslie

Legal Defense Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, USA

Gregg has been an attorney with the Reporters Committee since 1994 and has served as the Legal Defense Director since 2000. He supervises the Committee’s amicus brief writing and journalism hotline services and is regularly interviewed by journalists on media law topics. He also serves as editor of the Reporters Committee’s news publications and guides. Gregg has served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Fair Trial and Free Press Task Force, as chairman of the D.C. Bar’s Media Law Committee, and as a member of the bar’s Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section. Before and during law school, he worked as a journalist and research director for a Washington business and political magazine.

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights, USA

Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America, evaluating tech companies on their respect for users’ free expression and privacy. MacKinnon is co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices and author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom. She was a founding Board member of the Global Network Initiative and is currently on the Board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon was CNN’s Bureau Chief and correspondent in China and Japan between 1998-2004.  More recently, she has taught at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a visiting affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communication Studies. She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein and Berkman Centers, the Open Society Foundations, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and the New America Foundation. MacKinnon received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan. She lives in Washington DC.

Henry Omusundi Maina

Henry Omusundi Maina

Director, ARTICLE 19, East & Horn of Africa

Henry Maina worked in the human rights sector for 10 years before coming to ARTICLE 19 in 2008, specialising in criminal justice and human rights education at the Legal Resources Foundation. He also has expertise in advocacy and governance. Henry is skilled in programme management and fundraising, and has a masters degree in international development, law and human rights from Warwick University in the UK.

Catalina Botero Marino

Catalina Botero Marino

Dean of the Faculty of Law of Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia

Catalina Botero Marino is the Dean of the Faculty of Law of Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She was Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States from 2008 to October 5, 2014. Catalina Botero is a Colombian attorney who worked as Acting Magistrate and Auxiliary Magistrate in the Constitutional Court of Colombia for 8 years. She acted as an adviser for the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Nation; National Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights in the Office of the People’s Defender of Colombia, and professor and researcher at the Law School of the Universidad de los Andes and other national and international universities. She is the author of several books and essays published in different countries on freedom of expression, constitutional law, international criminal law and transitional justice. She received her law degree in 1988 at the Universidad de los Andes and did postgraduate studies there, as well as in Madrid, Spain, at Universidad Complutense, Universidad Carlos III, and the Center for Constitutional Studies.

Duncan McCargo

Duncan McCargo

Professor of Political Science, University of Leeds, UK

Senior Research Affiliate at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, USA President, European Association for Southeast Asian Studies, UK

Duncan McCargo is Visiting Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, Professor of Political Science at the University of Leeds, and a Senior Research Affiliate at Columbia’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute. He teaches alternate semesters at Columbia and Leeds. His books include Politics and the Press in Thailand (Routledge 2000), Media and Politics in Pacific Asia (Routledge 2003), The Thaksinization of Thailand (co-authored, NIAS 2005), Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008) (which won the inaugural 2009 Bernard Schwartz Book Prize from the Asia Society), and most recently Mapping National Anxieties: Thailand’s Southern Conflict (NIAS 2012). McCargo held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2011-14) to work on politics and justice in Thailand, in the course of which he attended a number of important freedom of expression trials. He is now completing a book on these issues for Cornell University Press.

David McCraw

David McCraw

New York Times Legal Counsel and Member of the Vance Center, USA

David McCraw has been a lawyer for The New York Times Company since 2002. He currently serves as a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. He is responsible for the company’s litigation matters and for providing legal counsel to the Times newsroom on such issues as libel, freedom of information, access to the courts, and newsgathering. Mr. McCraw previously served as Deputy General Counsel of the New York Daily News and a litigation associate at Clifford Chance and Rogers & Wells. He is an adjunct professor of mass media law at the NYU School of Law. Mr. McCraw has been actively involved in international pro bono work on issues touching upon press freedom and freedom of information. He has worked on pro bono projects in Yemen, Kuwait, Russia, Cameroon, and Bahrain and conducted workshops on freedom of information in South America, China, and Central and Eastern Europe. He serves on the governing committee of the Vance Center, the international pro bono arm of the New York City Bar.

Kristen McGeeney

Kristen McGeeney

Senior Legal Advisor, International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, USA

Kristen McGeeney is a Senior Legal Advisor at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL), which promotes progressive legal environments for civic space, including freedom of association, freedom of expression, and public participation. She leads and implements law reform programs that seek to improve proposed draft laws; to improve implementation of laws; and to support advocacy against restrictive laws, regulations, and policies. Prior to joining ICNL, Ms. McGeeney worked at the U.S. Department of State, most recently in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, where she was the Bureau’s primary point of contact for freedom of expression issues. In this capacity, she also served as the Bureau’s negotiator at numerous UN bodies and represented the State Department in numerous FOE-related multilateral and bilateral meetings. Prior to this, Ms. McGeeney worked in the Office of War Crimes Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Ms. McGeeney holds a Juris Doctorate cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where she specialized in international law. Ms. McGeeney earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa. She is a member of the Virginia and DC bars. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University where she co-teaches a course on Human Rights and National Security.

Jacob Mchangama

Jacob Mchangama

Director, Justitia

Jacob is the director of Justitia and in addition to his law degree he has a master’s degree in human rights and democratization from the European Inter-University Centre of staying. In 2007 Jacob obtained his license to practice law at Plesner, where he worked in the Division of Corporate Finance, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. From 2004-2007, Jacob worked as a paralegal at Eversheds, where he worked with general corporate and commercial law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and venture capital. Since 2005 Jacob has taught International Human Rights at the University of Copenhagen; previously, he has taught teaching law.

Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

Head of Content and New Business Initiatives, Medium, USA

Andrew McLaughlin is head of content & new business initiatives at Medium, leading its NYC office. He serves as chairman of the board of Access Now, and on the boards of Public Knowledge, the Sunlight Foundation, Digg, and Chartbeat.  He is a Future Tense fellow at the New America Foundation, an advisor to Data & Society, and to the Open Technology Fund.  He has previously worked as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. under President Obama, head of global public policy for Google, and chief policy officer for ICANN, and has taught at the Stanford and Harvard law schools.

Peter Micek

Peter Micek

Senior Policy Counsel, Access, New York, USA

Peter Micek leads the Access policy team’s business and human rights work, advocating for a more rights-respecting and transparent telecom sector. He also teaches a course at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs on internet policy and governance. A lawyer by training, Peter completed a JD cum laude at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and in 2010 published “A Genealogy of Home Visits,” critiquing surveillance of at-risk communities in the U.S.F. Law Review. As an intern, Peter defended independent journalists and engaged in Freedom of Information litigation at First Amendment Project. For five years, in his native San Francisco, Peter led youth and ethnic media development at New America Media, and was Web Editor at KALW’s daily radio program Your Call. Previously, he studied political science and journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He is licensed by the state bars of California and New York, and has no cats.

Dunja Mijatović

Dunja Mijatović

Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE, Austria

Dunja Mijatović of Bosnia and Herzegovina was appointed OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media in March 2010, and reappointed for a second term in March 2013. She is an expert in media law and regulation. In 1998, as one of the founders of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she helped to create a legal, regulatory and policy framework for the media in a complex post-war society. She was also involved in setting up a self-regulatory Press Council and the first Free Media Helpline in South East Europe. In 2007 she was elected Chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies. She was the first non-EU Member State representative and the first woman to hold this post. Previously, she chaired the Council of Europe’s Group of Specialists on freedom of expression and information in times of crisis. During her Chairmanship, the CoE Committee of Ministers adopted the Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the protection and promotion of investigative journalism and Guidelines on protecting freedom of expression and information in times of crisis. As an expert on media and communications legislation, she has worked in Armenia, Austria, Iraq, Jordan, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Morocco and the UK.

Dario Milo

Dario Milo

Attorney and Partner, Webber Wentzel, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa

Dario Milo is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice at Webber Wentzel, where he leads a team on communications and information law. Dario obtained BComm, LLB and LLM degrees in Company Law and Constitutional Law from the University of the Witwatersrand. After working as an associate in the Media Law Department, Dario studied for an LLM degree in Communications Law at University College London. Thereafter, he received a PhD at University College London. His thesis examined privacy, reputation and freedom of the media in the context of the law of defamation and privacy, focusing on South African, English and US law.

Dario is also qualified as a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales, and taught Media and Entertainment Law at University College London and BPP Professional Education plc. Dario teaches media law, access to information law, and privacy law at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he is a visiting associate professor. He is the author of Defamation and Freedom of Speech, and co-author of the forthcoming book, A Practical Guide to Media Law. Dario and his team have been commissioned to write a guide on the Protection of Personal Information Bill when it becomes law.

Heba Morayef

Heba Morayef

Director, Human Rights Watch, Egypt

Heba Morayef investigates human rights abuses in Egypt for Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading non-profit organizations for defending and protecting against human rights violations. She produces reports, news releases and op-eds based on her findings and conducts local and international advocacy. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Morayef worked at Amnesty International’s international secretariat in London as campaigner on Libya and Tunisia. She speaks English, Arabic, and French. In a Spring 2013 poll conducted by TIME magazine, 88% of readers counted Morayef among the 100 most influential people on the planet for her work in Egypt.

Peter Noorlander

Peter Noorlander

Director, Bertha Justice Initiative, UK

Peter Noorlander is the director of the Bertha Justice Initiative which supports organizations that practice public interest law and promotes movement lawyering. Previously, he was chief executive of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, an organisation that provides legal aid to independent media and journalists and fights strategic litigation to enforce respect for media freedom. Peter is a lawyer who has specialised in the fields of media law and human rights. He has litigated at various national and international courts, including the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee, and has won standard-setting cases on issues ranging from licensing of media to excessive defamation awards. Prior to joining the Media Legal Defence Initiative, he was Senior Legal Advisor for the Open Society Foundations’ Media Program, and from 2001-2007 he served as legal officer and then senior legal officer at ARTICLE 19, the global freedom of expression organisation.

Suzanne Nossel

Suzanne Nossel

Executive Director, PEN American Center, USA

Suzanne Nossel was named Executive Director of the PEN American Center in 2013. Prior to PEN she served as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. Her work led to passage of the Afghan Women and Girls Security and Promotion Act (2012), and drew attention to the chilling climate for free expression in Russia through the case of imprisoned punk band Pussy Riot. Before Amnesty, Suzanne served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations at the U.S. Department of State. She played a leading role in U.S. engagement at the U.N. Human Rights Council. She was also Chief Operating Officer for Human Rights Watch. Suzanne has worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the implementation of South Africa’s National Peace Accord (early 1990s), and has done election monitoring and human rights documentation in Bosnia and Kosovo. Suzanne has served as vice-president of U.S. Business Development at Bertelsmann Media Worldwide, vice-president of strategy and operations for the Wall Street Journal, and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She is the author of Presumed Equal: What America’s Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms. Suzanne contributes to and comments on human rights issues for news outlets including CNN and NPR.

Karuna Nundy

Karuna Nundy

Advocate, Supreme Court of India; International human rights lawyer, India

Karuna Nundy is an advocate at the Supreme Court of India, and international human rights lawyer. She represents and acts as legal policy adviser to governments, United Nations, companies and civil society movements. She is arguing as unconstitutional restrictions on online speech before the Supreme Court of India. Her pro bono practice includes also, the Supreme Court litigation from the 1984 gas disaster and toxic waste dumps in Bhopal. She has argued cases involving the rights of alleged terrorists, mentally ill people and class actions on sexual harassment. Karuna’s advisory and policy work includes contributions to the Nepal Interim Constitution; a legislation workshop with the Senate of Pakistan; advice to the Government of Bhutan on compliance with human rights treaties; and legal reform in the Maldives with the Attorney General’s Office and the Chief Justice of the Maldives Supreme Court. In India, she drafted contributions to the new “anti-rape” laws and the Right to Food Act. Karuna has an Economics degree (St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University), a law degree (University of Cambridge), and an LL.M. (Columbia Law School). She is qualified to practice in India and NY. She is interviewed and comments on free speech, gender and legal issues on the BBC, India Today, the New York Times, NPR, FAZ, NDTV and other media.

Lynn Oberlander

Lynn Oberlander

General Counsel, Media Operations for First Look Media

Lynn Oberlander is a leading media attorney and advocate for journalists.  She has been the General Counsel, Media Operations for First Look Media since March of 2014.  For the previous seven years, from 2006 until 2014, she was the General Counsel of The New Yorker, where in addition to her legal duties, she also wrote for newyorker.com on media law topics. She is a frequent speaker on freedom of expression and media law topics.  From 2001 through 2006, she was the Editorial Counsel at Forbes, and from 1996 – 2001, Ms. Oberlander was senior media counsel at NBC, working with the local and network news divisions. After clerking for the Hon. John H. Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1991-92, Ms. Oberlander began her legal career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as a litigator and antitrust attorney.  She received her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College,where she was the news editor and a columnist for the Yale Daily News and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  She teaches a graduate course in Media, Corporate Responsibility, and the Law, both in a traditional classroom setting and on-line, at The New School in New York.  She is the chair of the Communications and Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association, and the chair of the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center.  She also is the chair of the Manhattan Division of Jewish Home Lifecare, a major nursing home and elder care system.

Kyung-Sin Park

Kyung-Sin Park

Law Professor, Korea University Law School, Korea

Korea University Law School Professor PARK Kyung-Sin, a.k.a. K.S. Park, one of the founders of Open Net Korea, and has written academically and been active in internet, free speech, privacy, defamation, copyright, international contracting, etc. (quoted in Freedom House report, New York Times)   He has given expert testimonies in high-profile free speech and privacy cases concerning Minerva, the internet real name verification law, the military’s seditious book blacklisting, the newspaper consumers’ boycott, and Park Jung-Geun the one jailed for retweeting North Korean government twits.  As a result, the “false news” crime in the Minerva case and the internet real name verification laws were struck down as unconstitutional, Park Jung-Geun and Minerva were acquitted, the soldiers challenging book blacklisting were reinstated, the newspaper boycotters’ judgment acquitted the “secondary boycotting” charge (2010-2013)).

Since 2006, he also has served as the executive director of the PSPD Law Center, a non-profit entity that has organized several impact litigations, including some of the above cases, in the areas of free speech, privacy, and copyright. There, the Law Center won the world’s first damage lawsuit against a copyright holder for “bad faith” takedown (2009).  On privacy, the Law Center won the world’s first damage lawsuit against a major portal for warrantless disclosure of the user identity data to the police (2012).  As a result of this judgment, all major portals stopped complying with such data requests by the government. As to the three major telcos that have continued to comply with user identity data requests, the Law Center won another suit in 2015 forcing them to inform the user on whether such data release has taken place on him or not.  The Law Center also filed a suit against the Korean Prosecutor’s Office for failing to notify an e-mail user of the fact of seizure of his emails and won a damages award (2013).)

In 2008, He also founded the Clinical Legal Education Center of Korea University School of Law (f.k.a. Global Legal Clinic) which in 2009 through 2010 successfully carried on a successful campaign to enter Korea into the Supplementary Fund in the wake of one of the largest oil spill ever.  In 2011, in the spirit of solidity of www.chillingeffects.org, he and his former clinic students founded www.internetlawclinic.org with law students, where people and cultural producers alike can obtain free legal advices in the areas of copyright, trademarks, publicity rights, defamation, privacy, etc.

Since 2002, he has served as a legal advisor to Korea Film Council and the Ministry of Culture, representing the country in negotiations concerning the UNESCO Cultural Diversity Convention and the country’s first ever film co-production treaty with France.  He has represented many film producers in their international distribution, co-production, and development deals, and has authored a world-wide survey of tax incentives for film production.

In 2009, he served as a member of the National Media Council, an advisory body to the National Assembly set up to examine the historic bills allowing media cross-ownership, among other things.  While sitting on the council, he has spearheaded an effort to oppose a new bill creating a new crime of “cyber-insult”.

Until, he has been a commissioner of the Korean Communication Standards Commission, a governmental entity censoring broadcasting and internet contents, where he has given many dissenting opinions.

An alumnus of Harvard University (Class of ’92, Physics) and UCLA Law School (Class of ’95), licensed in California and Washington State, he represented immigrant workers in restaurant, garment, and janitorial industry.  He has filed or defended, and won major lawsuits against brand-name garment manufacturers and large department stores (1995-1997, Los Angeles) and has also participated in the historic civil rights class action against the local Metropolitan Transit Authority.

He is also the founding editor (2007) and the Editor in Chief of Korea University Law Review, available on Westlaw.

His academic articles (Korean with English abstracts) on the relevant areas can be found here: http://www.kci.go.kr/kciportal/po/citationindex/poCretDetail.kci?citationBean.cretId=CRT000887263&citationBean.artiId=ART001413212

His shorter writings can be found here. http://opennetkorea.org/en/wp/category/openblog

Darian Pavli

Darian Pavli

Senior Attorney, Open Justice Initiative, USA

Darian Pavli is senior attorney on freedom of information and expression issues with the Open Society Justice Initiative. Based in the New York office, he has been involved, among other things, with impact litigation before international human rights mechanisms, and has played a leading role in efforts to establish the right of access to government information as a basic human right internationally. Pavli works closely with human rights groups in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere to address a broad range of freedom of expression and information deficits, and writes and speaks extensively on these issues. Prior to joining the Open Society Justice Initiative, Pavli was the Southern Balkans researcher for Human Rights Watch and a senior attorney for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Mission in Albania. He taught constitutional law in his native Albania, and holds advanced law degrees from NYU Law School and Central European University.

Dinah PoKempner

Dinah PoKempner

General Counsel, Human Rights Watch, USA

Dinah PoKempner guides Human Rights Watch in the development of its positions on international law and policy. She researches and writes on international humanitarian law, cyber-liberties, hate speech, freedom of expression and research ethics, among other topics. Dinah’s field work has taken her to Cambodia, the Republic of Korea, Vietnam and former Yugoslavia; she has lectured and taught international law and human rights classes at many major universities and testified to the U.S. Congress on encryption policy. She has also worked for the Office of the Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of State. She became involved with the Human Rights Data Analysis Group in 1997, and she has been engaged in the organization’s mission since then. As a member of the Advisory Board, she helps the organization in decision-making, as well in legal and logistical matters. Dinah is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law.

David Post

David Post

Herman Stern Professor of Law, Temple University, USA

David G. Post recently retired from his position as I. Herman Stern Professor of Law at Temple University, where he taught intellectual property law and the law of cyberspace.  Post is the author of In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford), a Jeffersonian view of Internet law and policy, awarded the 2009 Green Bag Legal Writing Award and variously described as “beautifully written” and “astonishing” (Lawrence Lessig), “brilliant and a joy to read” (Jonathan Zittrain), and “an authentic work of genius, conceived and written in the finest Jeffersonian spirit” (Sean Wilentz). In addition, he is the (co)-author of Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (West), and has published numerous scholarly articles on intellectual property, the law of cyberspace, and complexity theory (including Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace, the 2nd most-frequently-cited law review article of all time in the field of intellectual property). He is a regular contributor to the influential legal blog The Volokh Conspiracy.

Monroe Price

Monroe Price

Adjunct Full Professor and Director, Center for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, USA

Monroe E. Price is the director of the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at the Cardozo School of Law where he served as Dean from 1982 to 1991. Professor Price is also an Adjunct Full Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School and directs the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research in London, and is the Chair of the Center for Media and Communication Studies of the Central European University in Budapest. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Associate Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court and was an assistant to Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz. Professor Price was founding director of the Program in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Wolfson College, Oxford, and a Member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was deputy director of California Indian Legal Services, one of the founders of the Native American Rights Fund, and author of Law and the American Indian. Among his many books are Media and Sovereignty; Television, The Public Sphere and National Identity; Routledge Handbook of Media Law; and Free Expression, Globalism, and the New Strategic Communication.

Sara Rafsky

Sara Rafsky

Research Associate, Americas Program, Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

Sara Rafsky is Americas Research Associate for the Committee to Protect Journalists, where she reports on press freedom in the region. She has written special reports for CPJ on Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala and Honduras and provided research for the organization’s first ever special report on the United States: “The Obama Administration and the Press: Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America.” Previously, she wrote about culture and politics as a freelance journalist in New York, South America and South East Asia. Rafsky also lived in Argentina, where she worked with the Ford Foundation and interned with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE). In 2008, she received a Fulbright Grant to research photojournalism and the Colombian armed conflict. She has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

Darío Ramirez

Darío Ramirez

Director, ARTICLE 19, Mexico and Central America

Darío has experience in the areas of international human rights law, public international law, media law and journalism, refugees and women’s rights. Before joining ARTICLE 19, Darío was Deputy General Director of the Unit for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights at Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior. Prior to this, he worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Darío holds a bachelor degree in international relations and an LLM in public international law from the University of Amsterdam.

Andrei Richter

Andrei Richter

Director, Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Austria

Professor, School of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Andrei Richter (Andrey Rikhter) is the Director of the OSCE Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, and a professor at the School of Journalism, Moscow State University, where he teaches on mass media law. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1959, he has university degrees in law, foreign languages, and a doctorate in journalism. Richter was a commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the chair of the Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Richter sits on editorial boards of a number of international journals on communications and the media. He has authored more than 200 publications on media law in Russian, English, Albanian, Armenian, Azeri, Bosnian, Tajik, Ukrainian, Serbian, Slovak, German and French, including the only standard media law textbook for journalism students of Russian colleges and universities (2002, 2009), a textbook on online media law (2014), as well as UNESCO-published textbook on international standards of media regulation (2011) and a book on censorship and freedom of the media in post-Soviet countries (in English, 2007).In 1991 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Gannett Center for Media Studies then affiliated with the Columbia University’ Graduate School of Journalism.

Romel Regaldo Bagares

Romel Regaldo Bagares

Lawyer and Executive Director, Center for International Law, Manila, Philippines

Mr. Romel Regalado Bagares is Executive Director of the Center for International Law, a Philippine-based NGO engaged in advocacy, training and strategic litigation for free expression. As a lawyer, he has been assisting journalists, human rights defenders, social media activists and users in free expression cases in various Philippines courts and tribunals and before UN human rights mechanisms. Most recently, he took part as lawyer and petitioner in the constitutional challenge against the Philippine Anti-Cyber Crime Law (the Alexander Adonis Petition). He also recently assisted a jailed Thai blogger and poet challenge his imprisonment under Thailand’s repressive lese majeste laws before the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Mr. Bagares, who is senior associate at the Roque & Butuyan Law Offices in Manila, also lectures in public international law at the Lyceum Philippines University College of Law.

Lee Rowland

Lee Rowland

Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union – Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, USA

Lee Rowland is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. Lee has extensive experience as a litigator, lobbyist, and public speaker. She serves as lead counsel in federal First Amendment cases involving public employee speech rights, illegal arrest for reading protected material, and state secrecy surrounding the lethal injection process. She also authors amicus briefs and blogs on topics including the intersection of speech and privacy (e.g., restrictions on mug shots and nudity; the right to be forgotten, copyright injunctions), student and public employee speech, obscenity, and the Communications Decency Act. Lee serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for NYU Law’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic, and is a member of the New York Bar Association’s Communications and Media Law Committee. Prior to joining the ACLU, Lee was a voting rights counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice; she previously ran the Reno office of the ACLU of Nevada, where she regularly argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nevada Supreme Court. Lee is a graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Law School, where she served as President of the Harvard Defenders and staffed the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal.

Paul Schabas

Paul Schabas

Senior Litigation Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, USA

Paul Schabas is a senior litigation partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto. He lads the firm’s media law practice, representing journalists and media organizations including the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper. He counsels on numerous libel trials and on leading defamation, free expression and access to information cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including Grant v. Torstar, Breeden v. Black, R. v Mentuck, Toronto Star v. Canada, and Criminal Lawyers Association v. Ontario. Mr. Schabas has extensive experience in commercial litigation and international arbitrations, white collar criminal, tax, and constitutional law. He is an Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto Faculty of Law and elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada (governing body for Ontario’s 50,000 lawyers). Mr. Schabas is also a chair of Law Foundation of Ontario, Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers, at International Academy of Trial Lawyers, past president of Canadian Media Lawyers Association, Pro Bono Law Ontario, director of Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. He is a frequent author and speaker on media and constitutional law issues. In the past he submitted briefs on free expression law to international tribunals and governments and is named one of Canada’s 25 “most influential” lawyers by Canadian Lawyer (2011).

Frederick Schauer

Frederick Schauer

David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, USA

Frederick Schauer is David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. He is also Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment, Emeritus, at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he taught from 1990 to 2008, served as academic dean and acting dean, and also taught courses on evidence and freedom of speech at the Harvard Law School. Previously, Schauer was professor of law at the University of Michigan, and has also been visiting professor of law at the Columbia Law School, Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, Morton Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Humanities at Dartmouth College, distinguished visiting professor at the University of Toronto, distinguished visitor at New York University, and James Goold Cutler Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary. In 2007-2008, he was the Eastman Professor at Oxford University and a fellow of Balliol College, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former holder of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Anya Schiffrin

Anya Schiffrin

Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, USA

Director, International Media, Advocacy and Communications Specialization, Columbia University, USA

Anya Schiffrin is the director of the International Media, Advocacy and Communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She teaches courses on media and development and innovation as well as the course “Media, Human Rights and Social Change”. Among other topics, she writes on journalism and development as well as the media in Africa and the extractive sector. Schiffrin spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000. Schiffrin is on the advisory board of the Open Society Foundation’s Program on Independent Journalism and of Revenue Watch Institute. Her forthcoming book is “Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World” (New Press 2014).

David Schulz

David Schulz

Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School, Partner in the law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, USA

David Schulz is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he also serves as Co- Director of the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, a program of the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression. He is a partner in the law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, a national trial and appellate practice representing news and entertainment media in defamation, privacy, newsgathering, access, intellectual property and related First Amendment matters. Mr. Schulz specializes in media law, First Amendment, and intellectual property, and represents a broad range of media clients, including international newswire services, national newspapers, television networks and station owners, magazine and book publishers, cable news networks, and Internet content providers. He was a lecturer for many years at Columbia Law School and regularly writes and speaks on media law issues. He is a graduate of Knox College, Yale University, and Yale Law School.

Bruce Shapiro

Bruce Shapiro

Senior Executive Director, Professional Programs for the Journalism School, Columbia University

Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Bruce Shapiro is Senior Executive Director for Professional Programs for the Journalism School at Columbia University, and Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. An award winning reporter on human rights, politics, and media ethics, Shapiro is a Contributing Editor at The Nation and longtime U.S. Correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National. His books include Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Reporting in America and Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future (co-authored with Rev. Jesse Jackson).

Steve Shapiro

Steve Shapiro

Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union, USA

Steve Shapiro has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1993. The ACLU, which was founded in 1920, is the oldest and largest civil liberties organization in the United States. Mr. Shapiro supervises a staff of nearly 100 lawyers engaged in a broad range of civil liberties issues, including a dedicated group of lawyers working on issues relating to speech, privacy and technology. He also directly oversees the ACLU’s work in the United States Supreme Court, and has submitted more than 200 briefs to the Supreme Court on behalf of the ACLU. The ACLU is co-counsel in two free speech cases this year before the Supreme Court: one involves the right of presidential critics and supporters to equal treatment at presidential appearances; the other involves the right to protest outside U.S. military bases. Mr. Shapiro currently teaches a class at Columbia Law School entitled “Civil Liberties and the Response to Terrorism.” He has previously taught a class on free speech and the Internet. Finally, Mr. Shapiro is a frequent speaker and writer on civil liberties matters.

Carey Shenkman

Carey Shenkman

Associate for Michael Ratner, President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights, USA

Carey Shenkman is a First Amendment and human rights lawyer specializing in defending journalists against government prosecution and surveillance. He currently works for Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), where they represent publishers including WikiLeaks. Carey previously worked with CCR to litigate on behalf of journalists seeking public access to the court-martial of Pfc. Chelsea Manning. Carey regularly writes and lectures on international human rights and US constitutional law issues, and incorporates both disciplines into his work. He holds two degrees in pure mathematics, a technical background he uses to better understand encryption technologies and promote digital security for human rights activists and humanitarians. Carey is an alumnus of NYU School of Law, where he was an editor on and published in the NYU Law Review.

Olga Sidorovich

Olga Sidorovich

Director, Editor-in-Chief, “Comparative Constitutional Review” Journal, Russia

Since 1993, Olga Sidorovich has led an independent Moscow-based policy development, research, and educational organization in the field of constitutionalism and law. The Institute of Law and Public Policy (before 2001 – Center for the Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern and Central Europe), seeks to promote liberal and democratic values and the principles of the rule of law, pluralistic democracy, and full equality of individuals. Under Sidorovich’s leadership in 2007, the Institute became a winner of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. For nearly two decades she has served as the editor-in-chief of the Russian legal and political journal Comparative Constitutional Review. In 1998 Sidorovich obtained an MA in business administration in the public sector from the School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham. Between 1982 and 1992, she worked as a research fellow at the Institute for USA and Canadian Studies, which is part of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as the Institute of Europe

Joel Simon

Joel Simon

Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

Since his appointment as executive director in 2006, Joel Simon has led the Committee to Protect Journalists through a period of expansion. Under his guidance, CPJ launched the Global Campaign Against Impunity, established a Journalist Assistance program and spearheaded CPJ’s efforts to defend press freedom in the digital space. CPJ has also been honored with the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights and a News & Documentary Emmy for its work in defense of press freedom. Simon has written on press freedom issues for publications including Columbia Journalism Review, World Policy Journal, Asahi Shimbun, and The Times of India. His press freedom analysis is featured regularly in major media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and BBC. Before becoming executive director of CPJ, Simon served as the Americas program coordinator and then deputy director. As a journalist in Latin America, Simon covered the Guatemalan civil war, the Zapatista uprising in Southern Mexico, the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the economic turmoil in Cuba following the collapse of the Soviet Union. A graduate of Amherst College and Stanford University, he is the author of Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge.

Jack Snyder

Jack Snyder

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science and Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, USA

Jack Snyder is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations in the political science department and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His books include Power and Progress:  International Politics in Transition (Routledge 2012); Religion and International Relations Theory (Columbia 2011); From Voting to Violence:  Democratization and Nationalist Conflict (Norton 2000); Myths of Empire:  Domestic Politics and International Ambition (Cornell 1991), and Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), co-editor with Alexander Cooley.  His articles include “Nationalism and the Marketplace of Ideas,” International Security, fall 1996, co-authored with Karen Ballentine. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Snyder received a B.A. in government from Harvard University in 1973, the Certificate of Columbia’s Russian Institute in 1978, and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia in 1981.

Mark Stephens, CBE

Mark Stephens, CBE

Senior Member, Howard Kennedy LLP

Mark Stephens, CBE is a Senior Member at Howard Kennedy FSI specializing in international, appellate and complex litigation, constitutional, human rights, IP, media & regulatory work, defamation, privacy, media, art and cultural property, data protection and freedom of information, and international arbitration. Mark Stephens has undertaken some of the highest profile cases in England and abroad. Mark is also extremely active in many other areas having been appointed by the Foreign Secretary to the FCO Free Expression advisory board and the Lord Chancellor to be a Champion for the Community Legal Service. He has been retained by a number of Governments as an advisor and to represent their interests including, Republic of Cyprus, Jamaica. Libya, Mauritius, and the Russian Republic. Additionally, Mark has litigated in countries as diverse as Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Cyprus, France, India, Iraq, Iran, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, and the United States.

Vidar Stromme

Vidar Stromme

Chairman, SCHJODT Law Firm, Norway

Vidar specializes in litigation, with a particular focus on oil and gas and on media law. Vidar joined the firm in 1993, but has a broad experience as Attorney General (Civil Affairs) and also as District Attorney and Associate Judge. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo, and he is admitted to the Supreme Court of Norway. Since 1 January 2015 Vidar Strømme has been the Chairman of the firm’s board.

Ruti Teitel

Ruti Teitel

Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School, USA

Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, UK

Ruti Teitel is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School; and a Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics.  She is the author of the landmark Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000) and many articles and book chapters on international and comparative law, often focusing on political transitions.  In 2012, she published Humanity’s Law (OUP, 2012) setting out a paradigm shift in international affairs. Her latest book is Globalizing Transitional Justice (OUP 2014) which explores the last decade in the evolution of the field.  She also writes and tweets regularly for a broader audience @rutiteitel.  Prof. Teitel is founding co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Interest Group on Transitional Justice and Rule of Law, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Studies Association Human Rights Section as well as on the ILA International Human Rights Committee.  Prof. Teitel is also on the Board of the London Review of International Law.  Last year, she was a Straus Fellow-in-Residence at New York University Law School’s Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice (2012-2013).

Salil Tripathi

Salil Tripathi

Director of Policy, Institute for Human Rights and Business, UK

Salil has worked as a correspondent in India, Singapore and Hong Kong for publications including India Today and Far Eastern Economic Review. He is a contributing editor at Mint and at Caravan in India. From 2009-2013, he was board member of English PEN (UK), and co-chaired PEN’s Writers-at-Risk Committee. In 2011, he won third prize at the Bastiat Awards for Journalism (NY). Salil has written for many publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker (USA); The Guardian, The Independent, and Index on Censorship (UK); and Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong). He was a senior visiting fellow for business and human rights at the Kennedy School (Harvard), and is an adviser to several global initiatives involving business and human rights. He graduated from the University of Bombay and obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College (USA). Offence: The Hindu Case, on the rise of Hindu nationalism and its implications on free expression, is his first book. Currently, he is working on several book projects, including one on the Bangladesh war of liberation and its aftermath, and another on a corporate scandal in India.

Françoise Tulkens

Françoise Tulkens

Françoise Tulkens has a Doctorate in Law, a Master’s degree in Criminology and a Higher education teaching certificate (agrégation de l’enseignement supérieur) in Law. She was a Professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and has taught, in Belgium as well as abroad – as a visiting professor at the Universities of Geneva, Leuven, Ottawa, Paris I, Rennes, Strasbourg and Louisiana State University –, in the fields of general criminal law, comparative and European criminal law, juvenile justice and human rights protection systems. From November 1998 to September 2012, she was a Judge in the European Court of Human Rights, serving as Section President from January 2007 and as Vice-President of the Court from February 2011. She has been an Associate Member of the Belgian Royal Academy since 2011. In September 2012, she took up an appointment as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Advisory Panel for Kosovo. Since June 2013 she is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Union Fundamental Rights’ Agency (FRA). Françoise Tulkens is the author of many publications in the areas of human rights and criminal law and also co-author of reference books. She holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Geneva, Limoges, Ottawa, Ghent, Liège and Brighton.

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand

Gayathry Venkiteswaran is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance, a network representing media freedom groups in the region. She has held the position since December 2010. She leads the Secretariat based in Bangkok and her responsibilities include overall management, fundraising and leading on the programs related to legal reforms and network strengthening. Before this, she was Executive Director of the Centre for Independent Journalism, a not-for-profit organization dedicated towards advancing media freedom and people’s access to information in Malaysia. During her tenure in CIJ, she conducted training on journalism and ethics, media literacy for the public and workshops on freedom of information. She was part of a team that produced the Free Press, Free People manual for training of civil society groups in Malaysia. She has worked as a journalist and has also taught journalism, media history and law, international communication and introduction to communication in three Malaysian institutions of higher learning. She has an MA International Relations from the Australian National University and a Bachelor in Mass Communication from Universiti Sains Malaysia. She co-authored a chapter entitled Sexing the Internet: Censorship, Surveillance and the Body Politic(s) of Malaysia for the book Access Contested (2011) and co-authored a chapter entitled Civil society use of media and ICT: A case study of SOS Selangor Campaign in the book Media, Culture and Society in Malaysia (2011).

Stephen I. Vladeck

Stephen I. Vladeck

Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Stephen I. Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. His teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck’s prolific and widely cited scholarship has appeared in an array of legal publications—including the Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal — and his popular writing has been published in forums ranging from the New York Times to BuzzFeed. Vladeck, who is a co-editor of Aspen Publishers’ leading national security law and counterterrorism law casebooks, frequently represents parties or amici in litigation challenging government counterterrorism policies, and has authored reports on related topics for a wide range of organizations—including the First Amendment Center, the Constitution Project, and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

Professor Vladeck has won numerous awards for his teaching, his scholarship, and his service to the law school. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy, co-editor in-chief of the Just Security blog, a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog, the Supreme Court Fellow at the Constitution Project, and a fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law.

A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Vladeck clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While a law student, he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Student Director of the Balancing Civil Liberties & National Security Post-9/11 Litigation Project, and he was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for Best Team Performance in Moot Court and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for Outstanding Moot Court Oralist. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude with Highest Distinction in History and Mathematics from Amherst College in 2001, where he wrote his senior thesis on “Leipzig’s Shadow: The War Crimes Trials of the First World War and Their Implications from Nuremberg to the Present.” Vladeck’s wife, Karen, is a litigation associate at Arent Fox LLP.

Dirk Voorhoof

Dirk Voorhoof

Professor, Human Rights Center, Law Faculty, Ghent University, Belgium and lecturer at Law Faculty, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Dirk Voorhoof obtained Master degrees in Law (1979) and Communication Sciences (1980) and a PhD in Law in 1990 at Ghent University. He was a professor at Ghent University (1992-2016) with courses in Media Law, Copyright Law, Journalism & Ethics and European Media Law, and he remains connected to the Human Rights Center of the Law Faculty of Ghent University as em. professor. From 2002-2007 he lectured at the University of Oxford, MLAP (Global Media Law Advocates Programme) and he is teaching European Media Law at Copenhagen University (UCPH), Law Faculty, since 2004. From 1995 to 2005 he was a member of the Federal Commission for Access to Administrative Documents in Belgium and from 2006 to February 2016 he was a member of the Flemish Media Regulator. He reports on developments regarding freedom of expression, media and journalism, including in Iris, legal newsletter of the European Audiovisual Observatory, Auteurs & Media and Mediaforum. He also regularly writes academic blogs on Strasbourg Observers, Inforrm’s Blog, the International Forum for Responsible Media Blog and the European Court of Human Rights Blog (ECHR Blog). Actually he is a member of Legal Human Academy, of the CMPF Scientific Committee, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, of the Global FOE&I @Columbia experts network, Columbia University, New York, of the Executive Board of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), Leipzig and of the Committee of Experts on Internet intermediaries (MSI-NET) of the Council of Europe.

Ben Wagner

Ben Wagner

IPO Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Ben Wagner, PhD is Director of the Centre for Internet & Human Rights at European University Viadrina. He is also a Visiting Fellow at TU-Berlin and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research focuses on freedom of expression, surveillance technology, Internet Governance and Internet foreign policy and has been published in Politics, Telecommunications Policy, JITP and the International Journal of Communications. He was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Fellow at Human Rights Watch, Humboldt University and the European Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an M.A. in Political Science, International Law and Statistics from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and an M.Sc. in International Development Administration from the Universiteit Leiden.

Doreen Weisenhaus

Doreen Weisenhaus

Associate Professor and Director, Media Law Project, Journalism and Media Studies Centre Fellow, Centre for Comparative and Public Law, The University of Hong Kong

Doreen Weisenhaus teaches media law and ethics. Prior to joining the Journalism and Media Studies Centre in 2000, she was city editor of The New York Times. She also was the first legal editor of The New York Times Magazine before becoming its law and politics editor. Before that, Weisenhaus was editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal, a leading publication for lawyers in the U.S. that won several major journalism awards during her tenure. She also was a prosecutor in New York City, a television news producer in Chicago and a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University’s School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Medill School of Journalism, also at Northwestern. She is the author of Hong Kong Media Law: A Guide for Journalists and Media Professionals (Hong Kong University Press 2007) and an expanded second edition in 2014. Her research interests include international press freedom and global trends in media law and policy. She has contributed to a number of publications including the International Encyclopedia of Communication (on communication law and policy in Asia) and the International Libel and Privacy Handbook. She is co-editor and co-author of a forthcoming book, Media Law and Policy in the Internet Age, that documents and analyzes media law reform trends worldwide, to be published by Hart Publishing Oxford.

Richard N. Winfield

Richard N. Winfield

Chair, Fund for Peace, USA, Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School, Columbia University, USA

Richard N. Winfield regularly teaches comparative mass media law at Columbia Law School, and mass media and Internet law at Fordham Law School. He leads media law reform programs of the International Senior Lawyers Project, a non-governmental organization he co-founded in 2000. He has spoken and consulted on media law reform projects in over 20 countries, including Russia, China and Japan. His amici curiae briefs in press freedom appeals have been submitted to the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. For over three decades he served as general counsel of the Associated Press while a partner at Rogers & Wells, which later became Clifford Chance US LLP. There he defended AP and other media clients in many hundreds of press freedom cases in the United States and abroad. Mr. Winfield conceived, compiled, contributed to and edited the anthology, Exporting the Matrix: The Campaign to Reform Media Laws Abroad. Carolina Academic Press published his book in 2012. His articles have appeared in leading law journals. Mr. Winfield served as chairman of the World Press Freedom Committee and the Fund for Peace, and served as a trustee of Freedom House.

Can Yeginsu

Can Yeginsu

Barrister, UK

Can Yeginsu is a barrister based in 4 New Square Chambers in London, specialising in commercial law, public law and human rights, and public international law. He is the co-author of a leading human rights textbook published by Oxford University Press, has this year been lecturing on international arbitration at Harvard Law School, and is a Visiting Professor at Koç Law School in Istanbul where he teaches a graduate class on investment treaty arbitration.

Mr. Yeginsu is currently, or has recently been, instructed as counsel in human rights challenges involving the freedom of expression before the UK Supreme Court, the English Court of Appeal, the English High Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the Supreme Court of the Gambia, and the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States. He is ranked as a leading barrister in Chambers GlobalChamber and Partners, and Legal 500.

Mr. Yeginsu was educated at Oxford, Princeton, and Harvard Law School. He is bi-lingual in English and Turkish, and can just about communicate in French.

Kyu Ho Youm

Kyu Ho Youm

Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair and Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, USA

Kyu Ho Youm, the Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, has published extensively about freedom of expression and information since the mid-1980s. His law journal articles have been cited by American and foreign courts, including the U.K. House of Lords, the Australian High Court, and the Canadian Supreme Court. Human rights lawyers have used his research in representing their clients in press freedom litigation in the U.S. and abroad. Youm has prepared a freedom of information (FOI) report for Open Society Justice Initiative’s The Right to Information: Good Law and Practice and the case briefing on freedom of speech and the press for ARTICLE 19. He has contributed to Media Law and Ethics (5th forthcoming), International Libel & Privacy Handbook (2013), and Media, Advertising &, Entertainment Law Throughout the World (2014). A native of South Korea, Youm is currently working on the Korean media law book for the International Encyclopaedia of Laws (IEL) project. He is the Communication Law and Media Policy editor of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Communication. He holds graduate degrees in journalism and law from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Yale, and Oxford.