World Leaders Forum: Courts and Global Norms on Freedom of Expression
8 AM MEXICO CITY / 9 AM NEW YORK / 10 AM BRASILIA & QUITO/ 2 PM ABUJA / 3 PM STRASBOURG & BERLIN /
6.30 PM NEW DELHI
Columbia Global Freedom of Expression and the World Leaders Forum, with the support of UNESCO, are pleased to host this two-part conference which seeks to promote dialogue, as well as, the exchange of experiences and best practices between domestic and international courts. These sessions also aim to analyze the application of global norms to better protect freedom of expression, with the goal to contribute to the expansion of a global understanding of the scopes and limits of this fundamental right in the digital sphere.
9:00 am EDT
Professor Roberto Saba, Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law Professor, Universidad de Palermo (Argentina)
Lee C. Bollinger, President and Seth Low Professor of the University, Columbia University
SESSION 1: The application of international legal standards and comparative law practices in deciding upon freedom of expression cases
Deliberations that take place in the global public sphere require global norms on freedom of expression, which include international human rights law standards and principles drawn from comparative law. High Courts and International Courts are crucial institutions responsible for defining the scope of the exercise of freedom of expression as well as in imposing limits to political power when it threatens this freedom. In many countries around the world, national courts resort to global norms when addressing conflicts regarding freedom of expression which usually strengthens and raises international standards. Global norms that reflect high standards of protection can help restrain regressive trends and the way in which Courts apply them has become crucial for the future of freedom of expression and for the quality of the global public sphere.
Dr. iur. Dana Schmalz, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
- Honorable Judge Stella Anukam, African Court on Human and People’s Rights
- Honorable Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States
- Honorable Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Supreme Court of India
- Honorable Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
- Honorable Justice Daniela Salazar Marín, Vice President of the Constitutional Court of Ecuador
10:45 am EDT
SESSION 2: Challenges for judicial protection of freedom of expression in the digital sphere
Despite all the work done by Courts interpreting and protecting freedom of expression, they have had to face new challenges which have surfaced in the last few decades, such as the advent of global platforms and the consequent discussion about the application of global standards regarding the reach and content of freedom of expression in the digital sphere. In most nations, anxiety has increased regarding the dissemination of information that can cause substantial damage to people’s lives or undermine democratic institutions, among other risks. At the same time, based on these concerns, both governments and the public have often pushed for greater constraints on freedom of expression online creating new dilemmas and problems to be solved.
Prof. Ruth Rubio Marín, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sevilla
- Honorable Justice Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha, Minister of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil
- Honorable Justice of the First Senate Susanne Baer, Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
- Honorable Justice Alejandro Linares Cantillo, Constitutional Court of Colombia
- Honorable Judge Darian Pavli, European Court of Human Rights
Prof. Catalina Botero Marino, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression