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Global Freedom of Expression

Justice for Free Expression in 2015: Day 1

Session 1: 2015 Trends in Review


Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists, USA


Agnes Callamard, Director, Global Freedom of Expression and Information Project; Special Adviser to the President, Columbia University, USA
Nani Jansen, Legal Director, Media Legal Defence Initiative, UK
Charles Glasser, Media and Communications Consultant, USA
Sandra Coliver, Senior Legal Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative, USA
Can Yeginsu, Barrister, UK

Presentation by Agnes Callamard: Global Trends – 2015 in Review
Presentation by Can Yeginsu: Additional Protections for Freedom of Expression

Session 2:Global Norms: Emergence, Conflict, and Domestication


Cherif Bassiouni, Emeritus Professor of Law, DePaul University, USA; Honorary President, International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, Italy


Fred Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia, USA
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
Ruti Teitel, Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School, USA
Agnes Callamard, Director Global Freedom of Expression and Information Project; Special Adviser to the President, Columbia University and Bach Avezdjanov, Program Officer, Global Freedom of Expression and Information Project, Columbia University, USA
Dunja Mijatovic, Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE, Austria

Presentation by Agnes Callamard and Bach Avezdjanov: Globalization of Norms

Session 3: Freedom of Expression, Religion, and National Security


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


Maytham Al Salman, Shia cleric; Coordinator of the Middle East and North Africa Civil Society Coalition to Counter Incitement to Hatred, Bahrain
Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, USA
Steve Killelea, Founder, Integrated Research LTD; The Charitable Foundation; Institute for Economics and Peace, USA
Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN American Center, USA
Chinmayi Arun, Research Director, Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University, Delhi, India
Jacob Machangama, Director, Justitia, Denmark

A speech by Maytham Al Salman addressing participants of the conference from Bahrein: Maytham Al Salman at Justice for Free Expression in 2015
Presentation by Jacob Mchangama: Freedom of Expression, National Security and Religion in Europe

Session 4: Debate – Litigation Development in the US and Canada in 2015


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


Lynn Oberlander, General Counsel, Media Operations for First Look Media, USA
David Schulz, Visiting Clinical Lecturer, Yale Law School; Partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, USA
Esha Bhandari, Staff Attorney, ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, USA
Paul Schabas, Senior Litigation Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Canada
David Post, Herman Stern Professor of Law, Temple University, USA

Esha Bhandari: Developments in US Law: Government Speech Doctrine; Online Speech
Paper by Paul Schabas: Canadian Freedom of Expression in 2015-2016 – Some Highlights
Paper by David Post: Constitutional Protection for Anonymous Speech