Global Freedom of Expression

Jennifer Young

Jennifer is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Groningen NL working on the Humour in Court project (NWO Vidi 2022-2027). She holds a PhD (Law) from the University of East Anglia and is an active member of

Her research interests lie in the area of freedom of expression and humour, with a focus on broadcast regulation and political satire. This stems from her background working for over twenty years in broadcast television as a Senior Editorial Advisor at the BBC, UKTV and as Editorial Compliance Manager for Playout services in the UK. At the BBC she specialised in comedy regulation and at UKTV language editorial policy. She has worked as a consultant for numerous broadcasters and independent production companies. Her PhD thesis examined the chilling effect that regulation has on writers and producers of broadcast comedy.

She was part of a working party presenting to the UN Human Rights Committee on the Right of Peaceful Assembly in Online Spaces The Right of Peaceful Assembly in Online Spaces: A Comment on the Revised Draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21 (Right of Peaceful Assembly) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and has co-authored two further publications on freedom of expression, Laughing Matters: Humor, Free Speech and Hate Speech at the European Court of Human Rights (by Alberto Godioli, Jennifer Young and Matteo Fiori) and the special collection paper Humor and Free Speech: A Comparative Analysis of Global Case Law with Alberto Godioli for Global Freedom of Expression.