Global Freedom of Expression

Laurence Cuny

Laurence Cuny is a human rights lawyer and researcher. After three years as teaching assistant in international public law at the Geneva Graduate Institute, she joined the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) as program manager of the Observatory for the protection of human rights defenders. Between 2008 and 2018 she worked on project support in evaluation and training for the EU and for NGOs (Freemuse, PEN America). Since 2011, her work focuses on cultural rights and artistic freedom. She collaborates on a regular basis with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights (artistic freedom, marketing practices and cultural rights, cultural rights and pulic spaces, cultural righs and migration). She has been a member of the UNESCO expert group on the 2005 Cultural Diversity Convention since 2018. In this capacity she authored the report Freedom & Creativity: Defending art, Defending diversity in 2020 and has helped the Secretariat develop a training programme on artistic freedom in the digital environment for Central American countries. As a researcher she is affiliated with the UNESCO Chair on the diversity of cultural expressions at the faculty of Law, Université Laval in Québec and IREDIES, Paris I Sorbonne. Her recent publications focus on relocation of artists at risk in Latin America (Ifa, 2020), working conditions and status of the artist (IFACCA, 2022), artistic freedom in the digital environment (Lex Electronica, 2023), art and Human rights (Elgar, 2023).