W. G. Hart Legal Workshop: 2013

The Constitution of the Public Sphere: the post-Leveson Landscape

The W G Hart Legal Workshop 2013 was held at the Institute from Monday 24 June 2013 to Tuesday 25 June 2013. The 2013 Workshop entitled: The Constitution of the Public Sphere: the post-Leveson Landscape addressed the array of legal, regulatory and philosophical questions opened by the Leveson Inquiry and Report, and by the subsequent and related reform debates that have fulminated in recent times.

Academic Directors:

  • Dr Eoin Carolan (University College Dublin)
  • Dr Andrew Scott (London School of Economics, UL)

The Workshop addressed the following themes in a combination of plenary and parallel sessions:

  • Media Plurality and Media Influence
  • Media, law and Judiciary Constraining Journalism?
  • Newsgathering and Data Protection
  • Libel and Privacy in the Emerging Regulatory Matrix
  • The Future Shape, Operation and Coherence of Media Regulation
  • The Constitution of the Public Sphere: Reflections on Turbulent times

W. G. Hart Legal Workshop 2013 - Programme of speakers and papers (pdf)
W. G. Hart Legal Workshop 2013 - Abstracts (pdf)

Plenary speakers:
Philip Coppel QC, Landmark Chambers
Professor Tom Gibbons, University of Manchester
Professor John Horgan, Irish Press Ombudsman
Michael McManus, Director of Transition, Press Complaints Commission
Professor Chris Marsden, University of Sussex
Professor Leslie Moran, Birkbeck, University of London
Professor Alastair Mullis, University of East Anglia
Gill Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services, Guardian News and Media Ltd
Professor Gavin Phillipson, University of Durham
Geoffrey Robertson QC
Professor Colin Scott, University College Dublin
Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix Chambers and Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
Professor Lorna Woods, City University London
Workshop Panel Speakers:
Dr Annabel Brody, University of Amsterdam:
'Re-regulation of the print media: implications on press freedom'
Dr Damien Carney, University of Portsmouth:
'Newsgathering and criminality: a time for re-assessment of current privileges, protections and defences'
Dr David Erdos, University of Oxford:
'A new role for data protection vis-à-vis the media in the post-Leveson environment?'
Dr Aymeric D'Alton:
'Hurting in Defaming'
Richard Danbury, University of Oxford:
'Sowing the dragon’s teeth: a right of media freedom'
Professor Giovanna de Minico, University of Federico II, Naples:
'Internet–democracy and freedom of speech'
Dr Mariusz Golecki, University of Lodz:
Scylla-and-Charibdis: the reform of defamation laws in comparative and economic
Dr Irini Katsirea, Middlesex University
Online press and broadcasting: ‘Press-like’ or ‘TV-like’?
Perry Keller, King's College London
Leveson and freedom of speech: the unintended consequences of constitutionalisation
Professor Andrew Kenyon, University of Melbourne
Free or Expensive Speech? Defamation Reform Reconsidered
Eva Nagle, Barrister-at-Law, Law Library, Dublin
"Unringing" the bell that has sounded so loudly: maintaining anonymity when suing for defamation and privacy in the internet realm
Dr Tarlach McGonagle, University of Amsterdam
Lessons for or from Leveson? a critical examination of the Council of Europe’s new (half-baked) notion of media
Dr Daithi Mac Sithigh, University of Edinburgh
From newspapers to news-related material: internet exceptionalism after Leveson
Chris Mhike, Partner, Atherstone and Cook / Zimbabwe Media Commission
The future shape, operation and coherence of media regulation
James Michael, Associate Senior Research Fellow, IALS
How much was "hacking" and how much "blagging"? Was the facility for remote access to voicemail messages a non-functional vestigial feature, and if so, did service providers invite invasion of privacy by mis design?
Oliver O'Callaghan, City University, London
What should we protect when we protect free speech?
Roy Peled, Columbia Law School; Tel-Aviv University
Sunlight where it’s needed: the case for freedom of media information
Professor Oreste Pollicino, Bocconi University, Milan and Marco Bassini, University of Verona
The freedom of information and the right to be forgotten: a harder and harder balance
Adam Speker, Barrister, 5 Raymond Buildings
The effect of section 11 of the Defamation Act 2013 on defamation law and practice
Judith Townend, City University, London
"Closed" data: obstacles to accessing information about defamation and privacy dispute resolution in England & Wales and the effect on the development of post-Leveson reform
Professor Ian Walden, Queen Mary, University of London
On the front line: lessons from the PCC
Dr Paul Wragg, University of Leeds
Leveson’s Regulator, Editorial Freedom and Press Discussion of Ordinary Members of the Public
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