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Friday, June 14 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Protecting Freedom of Expression in a Complex World: The role of courts and tribunals

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Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression Initiative seeks to advance understanding of the international and national norms and institutions that best protect the free flow of information in an inter-connected global community. One of its flagship projects is an online Global Database of Freedom of Expression Case Law. Supported by a network of international experts, it surveys jurisprudence around the world, critically reviews exemplary cases, engages in comparative analysis, and aims to identify national, regional and global trends. The session will introduce the Global Freedom of Expression Database, highlight significant freedom of expression cases from the last two years, and elaborate their importance in terms of legal reasoning and outcome, nationally, regionally and internationally. The cases will vary thematically and cover issues concerning emerging topics such as as Artificial Intelligence, the role of hyperlinks in journalism, content moderation, as well as classic freedom of expression issues concerning violence against speakers and defamation.

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Bakhtiyor Avezdjanov

Columbia Global Freedom of Expression
Bach focuses on research and analysis of legal trends related to freedom of expression in Russia and Central Asia.

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Hawley Johnson

Project Manager, Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University
Hawley Johnson is Project Manager for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, an initiative to advance the understanding of international and national norms and institutions that best protect the free flow of information and expression in an inter-connected global community. She has... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
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