International Media Law, Policy & Practice (IMLPP) Conference 2017
13 April 2017
Doelenzaal, University Library of Amsterdam, Singel 425
Welcome to the webpage of the second International Media Law, Policy & Practice (IMLPP) conference. Run by students, the conference has been organised as a closing event for the 2017 IMLPP course. IMLPP is an optional course on the specialised Informatierecht LL.M. programme, which is offered by the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam. The course coordinator is Dr. Tarlach McGonagle (IViR).
The main aim of the conference is to provide IMLPP students with a platform to present the research that they have carried out during the course. A number of external expert speakers will participate, but the mainstay of the conference will be presentations by the students themselves. The conference will also include a moot court competition involving IMLPP students.
Attendance is open to all students on the Informatierecht LL.M. Programme. Registration is free of charge, but compulsory. A number of places are available for other students who are not enrolled on the programme, IMLPP/Informatierecht alumni and other interested individuals. To register, simply send an e-mail to: email@example.com. Please put ‘IMLPP Conference’ in the subject line of your e-mail.
Conference report by Eugénie Coche (Conference rapporteur & IMLPP).
Tarlach McGonagle (IViR)
|09.20-11.00||Panel I: Chilling effect and public debate
Chair: Aviva de Groot (IMLPP)
Speakers: Gill Phillips (Director of Editorial Legal Services, Guardian News & Media)(via Skype), Bojana Kostic (IMLPP), Roel Maalderink (Winner, Internetscriptieprijs 2016 & alumnus IMLPP)
Commentator: Ronan Ó Fathaigh (IViR)
|11.00-11.30||Tea & coffee|
|11.30-13.00||International Media Law Moot Court
Judges: Willem F. Korthals Altes (Senior Judge, District Court of Amsterdam), Sarah Eskens (IViR) & Sam van Velze (Bureau Brandeis & alumna IMLPP)
Applicants: Jacintha van Dorp & Daphne Dotsios (IMLPP)
Respondents: Emmanuel Vargas Penagos & Jacob van de Velde (IMLPP)
|14.00-15.30||Panel II: “Fake news”: problem or hype?
Chair: Barbara van den Berg (IMLPP)
Speakers: Melanie Klus (IMLPP), Sanne Kruikemeier (Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam), Thomas Bruning (Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten)
|15.30-16.00||Tea & coffee|
|16.00-17.00||Panel III: Threats to media freedom and pluralism
Chair: Geert Lokhorst (research master student, Information Law)
Speakers: Leon Trapman (IMLPP), Otto Volgenant (Boekx Advocaten), Albana Shala (Chair, UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication Council & Free Press Unlimited Programme Coordinator)
Eugénie Coche (Conference rapporteur & IMLPP)
Conference manager: Jennifer Quik (IMLPP)
Conference Twitter hashtag: #IMLPP2017
Selected reading materials and resources
- Tarlach McGonagle (ed.), Dirk Voorhoof et al., Freedom of Expression, the Media and Journalists: Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, IRIS Themes, Vol. III, new, updated edition, Strasbourg: European Audiovisual Observatory, 2016.
- Onur Andreotti (ed.), Journalism at risk: Threats, challenges and perspectives, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing 2015.
Panel I: Chilling effect and public debate
- Rien Broekstra, Private communicatiemachthebbers en onze uitingsvrijheid, Mediaforum, 2015-1, p. 2-11.
- Roel Maalderink, “De Digitale Schandpaal. En wat we er tegen kunnen doen”, Masterscriptie Informatierecht, Universiteit van Amsterdam, januari 2016.
- Tarlach McGonagle, Freedom of expression and defamation: A study of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, Council of Europe Publishing, 2016.
- Gillian Phillips, On Open Journalism, OSCE RFOM, 2nd Expert Meeting on Open Journalism, 19 September 2014.
- OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Open Journalism Project.
International Media Law Moot Court
- Patrick Leerssen, Cut Out By The Middle Man: The Free Speech Implications Of Social Network Blocking and Banning In The EU, JIPITEC, 2015-2.
- Tarlach McGonagle, The Council of Europe against online hate speech: Conundrums and challenges, Expert paper, doc. no. MCM 2013(005), the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society, ‘Freedom of Expression and Democracy in the Digital Age: Opportunities, Rights, Responsibilities’, Belgrade, 7-8 November 2013.
Panel II: “Fake news”: problem or hype?
- The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media, the Organization of American States (OAS) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Joint Declaration on “Fake News”, Disinformation and Propaganda, 3 March 2017.
- Damian Tambini, Fake News: Public Policy Responses, Media Policy Brief 20, London: Media Policy Project, London School of Economics and Political Science, March 2017.
Panel III: Threats to media freedom and pluralism
- Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4 of the Committee of Ministers [of the Council of Europe] to member States on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors, 13 April 2016.
- UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication, UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, 2012.
- Otto Volgenant en Tarlach McGonagle, ‘Persvrijheidsmonitor 2015 – Journalistieke bronbescherming blijft een aandachtspunt’, Villamedia, May 2016, pp. 53-56.