Global Freedom of Expression


May 29 – June 30: Online Course for Judicial Actors on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists

Key Details

UNESCO and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, are launching a new multilingual version of their Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on International and Regional Standards Relating to Freedom of Expression.

The course will run for five weeks from May 29 until June 30, 2023, and will be available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Portuguese.

The MOOC is tailored for various judicial actors – judicial branches, public ministries, public defenders, electoral courts, human rights ombudsmen, and judicial law clerks – from all justice systems worldwide. The course aims to strengthen the role of judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and representatives of judicial training institutes in promoting freedom of expression standards, including freedom of the press, access to information, and the safety of journalists.

The course’s program covers:

Module 1. General principles and scope of freedom of expression.

Module 2. Limitations on freedom of expression.

Module 3. Right of access to information.

Module 4. Safety of journalists.

Module 5. Challenges created by the digital world.

Led by experts in the field of human rights and freedom of expression, the MOOC will examine key decisions from regional human rights courts and include high-level guest speakers such as UN Special Rapporteurs, judges from regional human rights courts, prosecutors, and human rights lawyers.

Pre-register here: You will receive a notification by email on the next steps to finalize the registration process.

Learn more about the course in English, Spanish, Russian, French, Chinese, and Arabic.