International Rounds 2011



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The 4th annual International Rounds in Oxford of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition took place from 30 March – 2 April 2011. The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy welcomed 26 teams from 19 countries to Oxford to argue a case that revolved around issues of filtering of content on the internet, national security, and privacy. Countries represented included China, Ukraine, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Singapore, Jordan, Pakistan, Georgia, and Korea, among others.

The International Rounds in Oxford were accompanied by a series of lectures that included Jennifer Robinson(Finers, Stephens and Innocent) discussing Wikileaks; Professor Monroe E. Price(University of Pennsylvania) on Media and Conflict in the Middle East; and Ben Spagnolo(Oxford) led a mooting master class for a delegation of observers from Qatar.


Overall Winner:

University of Belgrade, Serbia

Overall Runner-up:

Cardozo School of Law, USA

Semi-Finalists (in alphabetical order):

National Law School of India University, Bangalore

University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA

Quarter Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Kaplan Law School, UK

National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

National University of Singapore

Best Oralist:

Geetha Hariharan, National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Best Oralist – Runner-up:

Sahana Manjesh, National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Best Oralist – Second Runner-up:

Brian Simons, University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA

Best Memorials:

University of Belgrade, Serbia

Best Memorials – Runner-up:

Korea University, South Korea

Top 15 teams (after the Preliminary Rounds):

  1. University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA
  2. Cardozo School of Law, USA
  3. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India
  4. National University of Singapore
  5. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  6. University of Belgrade, Serbia
  7. Kaplan Law School, UK
  8. National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
  9. National Law University – Jodhpur, India
  10. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  11. Korea University, South Korea
  12. Communication University of China
  13. University of Latvia
  14. Lagos State University, Nigeria
  15. Glasgow Caledonian/ Napier Universities

Other Participating Teams:

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, USA

City University, UK

Communication University of China

Glasgow Caledonian /Napier Universities, UK

Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, India

Ilia State University, Georgia

Kaplan Law School, UK

Korea University, South Korea

Lagos State University, Nigeria

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Moi University, Kenya

National Law Academy of Ukraine

National Law School of India University, Bangalore

National Law University, Jodhpur, India

National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

National University of Singapore

Sri Lanka Law College

United Arab Emirates University

University College Dublin, Ireland

University of Belgrade, Serbia

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

University of Latvia

University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA

Valparaiso School of Law, USA

Yarmouk University, Jordan


MR KEITH ASHBY is Head of Dispute Resolution at the leading media and entertainment firm, Sheridans, based in London. Keith represents high profile individuals and organizations in defamation and privacy disputes and is a solicitor to the Press Complaints Commission.

MR AJAY BAHL is a Managing Partner of AZB & Partners, an Indian law firm with offices across India. He has qualified as a lawyer and prior to that, as a chartered accountant. Bahl advises numerous large well-known multinational and Indian corporations on a wide range of practice areas, including international media groups with interests in India

MR TAHIR BASHEER is a Partner at the leading entertainment law firm, Sheridans.  His expertise primarily relates to music, but also includes e-commerce, computer games, sport, fashion, merchandising, trade marks and intellectual property.  Basheer increasingly advises on the convergence of the different areas of the entertainment industry and the cutting edge online ventures surrounding it.

PROFESSOR SULIMAN BATARSEH is the Dean of Yarmouk University, Jordan.

MR JONATHAN BLAKE has practiced communications and media law at Covington & Burling since 1964. He was the head of that practice group, Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association, and Chair of Covington & Burling.  He was recently recognized as the Washington Communications Lawyer of the Year.

SIR LOUIS BLOM-COOPER has been a leading silk in the public law field for many years and has been at the forefront of administrative law throughout its modern development. He held an academic appointment at the University of London from 1962 to 1984 and has written extensively on all areas of law.  He is well known for his regulatory work, particularly as Chair of the Press Council, now the Press Complaints Commission.

MR BOYKO BOEV works for ARTICLE 19 and was a Human Rights Officer at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw prior to that. Since his admission to the Sofia Bar in 2001, he has represented the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and victims of human rights violations before Bulgarian courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

DR ENRICO BONADIO holds a JD from Pisa Law School and a PhD from the University of Florence. He currently lectures in Intellectual Property and EU Law at City University London (City Law School) and serves as a Visiting Professor at both Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. He has been admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales and practiced for several years at international law firms.

MS SIOBHAIN BUTTERWORTH was Legal Director of Guardian News & Media, publisher of the Guardian and the Observer, for ten years until 2007 when she became the Guardian’s Readers’ Editor. Since 2010 she has been working with media organisations, including the Guardian, the Independent, and ITN as a freelance lawyer. She is a visiting lecturer in media law at University College London and writes for and edits the Guardian’s law site from time to time.

DR DAMIAN CARNEY is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. A law graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Carney qualified as a barrister and obtained a PhD from the University of Sheffield. With experience teaching journalists media law, he has written articles on contempt of court, court reporting and journalists’ sources, and is currently writing a monograph on the use of anonymous sources by journalists.

MS ANTONINA CHEREVKO is a media lawyer and works for International Media Support coordinating its program in Ukraine. Ms. Cherevko graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in the Ukraine in 2005 where she obtained a Master’s of Law with a specialisation in media law.

MS SEOW SI CHIN is currently the Associate General Counse-Asia at News Corporation in Hong Kong and headed the legal team of a major regional bank group in Malaysia prior to that. She read law at the University of Malaya and received her Masters in Law (Information Technology and Internet Law) from Queen Mary, University of London. She is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, and practised law for over twenty years before moving in-house to head the legal team of Malaysia’s largest pay-television operator.

MS JENNIFER COLLINS received her BA in law and a BCL from the University of Oxford. She has lectured at Hertford College, Oxford and is currently reading for a DPhil in Criminal Law at Oxford while teaching Criminal Law to undergraduates.

MR NEVILLE CORDELL holds an LLM with distinction in Intellectual Property and Media Law from Kings College, London.  He is a partner at Allen & Overy LLP where he specialises in IP and media litigation. Neville acted in the first ‘Napster’ copyright infringement case in the UK, represented The Beatles in one of the first performers rights’ cases in the UK, and acted in the leading case on the fair dealing defences to copyright infringement (Pro Sieben v. Carlton).

MR RICHARD DANBURY is studying for a DPhil in Media Law at the University of Oxford. Prior to this, he was a BBC television journalist for 10 years, and prior, to that practised as a barrister, specialising in criminal law. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge, has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and is currently a legal trainer for the BBC’s College of Journalism.

MR KORIEH DOUDU is a barrister specialising in media law at Addleshaw Goddard. He has a defamation, privacy and copyright practice, but takes on commercial disputes in a media context as well. Korieh has appeared in a number of significant recent media cases including McKennitt v. Ash, Campbell v. Frisbee,  and Mahmood v. Galloway. He is also the author of ‘Defamation, Law Procedure and Practice’, (Sweet & Maxwell, 2009), and an editor of ‘Clerk & Lindsell on Torts’ (19th and 20th eds.).

SIR DAIVD EADY has been a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division since April 1997 and has specialised in media law. Before that he was in practice at the Bar in London for thirty years, during which time he also worked primarily within the area of media law, advising and representing both claimants and mediadefendants. He also co-authored ‘The Law of Contempt’ (3rd edition 2005) and studied philosophy and law at Trinity College, University of Cambridge from 1961 to 1965.

PROFESSOR TIMOTHY ENDICOTT has been Dean of the Faculty of Law since October 2007. He is a Fellow in Law at Balliol College, and has been a Professor of Legal Philosophy since 2006. Endicott writes on Jurisprudence and Constitutional and Administrative Law, with special interests in law and language and interpretation.

MR ROGER ENOCK is Managing Partner of the London office of Covington & Burling and a specialist in litigation and arbitration. He was formerly a partner at Freshfields.

MR ANTONY DE GARR ROBINSON QC is a barrister at One Essex Court. He undertakes a variety of High Court and appellate litigation, as well as international arbitration, offshore litigation and advisory work. He has degrees from both Oxford and Harvard Universities.

MS LEANNE GEALE is a senior in-house lawyer for Royal Dutch Shell, with 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing, banking and natural resources industries. She joined Shell in 2003 and was appointed Shell Legal Services Co-ordinator in 2006. In her current role, she assists the Legal Director and the Legal Leadership Team in providing functional leadership to Shell Legal, consisting of approximately 650 lawyers.

DR NAZILA GHANEA is an Oxford University Lecturer in International Human Rights Law. She has published extensively on human rights, the United Nations and the Middle East. She is also a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.

MR JOEL HARRISON is currently reading for a DPhil in Law at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. His research examines religious freedom jurisprudence from the perspective of the philosophical and theological writings of the Radical Orthodoxy movement. Before coming to Oxford, Harrison was clerk to the Honorable Justice Grant Hammond of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand and a legal and policy advisor at the New Zealand Law Commission.

MR DAVE HELLER is a lawyer with the Media Law Resource Center in New York. He regularly advises U.S. and foreign journalists and authors on issues related to libel, privacy and related law. He is the editor of MLRC’s Media Law Letter, the leading professional publication for media defense lawyers in the United States. He was a founding member of the International Media Lawyers Association and has been a guest lecturer at the Media Law Advocates Programme.

MR DAVID JOSEPH QC joined Essex Court Chambers in 1985 and has acted on a broad range of general commercial and insurance disputes both in the High Court and in arbitration. He is also the author of ‘Jurisdiction and Arbitration Agreements and their Enforcement’ (Sweet & Maxwell, June 2005).

MS JANET KENTRIDGE practises as a barrister from Matrix Chambers in London as well as in South Africa. She specialises in public law and commercial law, with a particular interest in the interface between the two. Janet studied law at the Universities of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Oxford and the LSE.

JUDGE WILLEM F. KORTHALS ALTES has been a judge in The Netherlands since 1995 and is currently Vice President in the Criminal Law Division of the District Court of Amsterdam. He has published numerous articles on various aspects of media law and since 1992 has been a Visiting Professor at the Media Center, New York Law School, where he teaches a course on European Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law and Policy.

MR TROELS LARSEN is currently studying for a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. His thesis seeks to determine how the European Court of Human Rights identifies and defines a harmful ‘chilling effect’ on freedom of expression.  As Project Officer at the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford, he was one of the main researchers on  ‘A Comparative Study of Costs in Defamation Proceedings Across Europe’

MR JAMES LEATON GRAY heads the BBC’s Information Policy and Compliance Department, in the Legal Section of the BBC’s Operations Group. Before creating this department he was a programme maker and spent much of his time in political journalism. He is the former Chairman of the Strategic Planning Society, and is a member of the Royal Television Society, the Radio Academy and is on the editorial board of Data Protection Law & Policy.

PROFESSOR AD VAN LOON is the Coordinator of a joint project of the Council of Europe and the European Union on ‘The Promotion of European Standards in the Ukrainian Media Environment’ in Kyiv. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York Law School and the Managing Director X-Media Strategies.

PROFESSOR LAURENCE LUSTGARTEN is currently an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. He was formerly Professor of Law at the University of Southampton; and Commissioner, IPCC.  He is the co-author of ‘Libel and the Media: The Chilling Effect’ (OUP, 1995) and has authored or co-authored a variety of books on national security, policing, and racial discrimination, as well as more than 50 articles and reviews in scholarly and popular journals.

MS HELENA MANDIC is the Senior Legal Expert for Broadcasting at the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mandic has extensive experience in the issues surrounding freedom of speech and has been involved in cases before the Human Rights Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Media Lawyers Association.

MS RODALIND McINNES graduated from Glasgow University in 1991 and was called as a solicitor in 1993. After five years as a commercial litigator in private practice, she joined the BBC. She now runs the legal department at BBC Scotland and is the author of “Contempt of Court in Scotland” and “Scots law for Journalists”. She teaches media law at Glasgow University.

DR LAWRENCE McNAMARA is a Reader in Law at the University of Reading, having come to the U.K. in 2007 after working in Australian universities for ten years. Under the Research Councils UK “Global Uncertainties” research priority, Lawrence holds an ESRC/AHRC Fellowship in Ideas and Beliefs (2009-12) for a research programme titled “Law, Terrorism and the Right to Know”.

MR ERIC METCALFE is a barrister and the director of human rights policy at JUSTICE, the UK section of the International Commission of Jurists. He received his LLB from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, his LLM from Queen’s University in Canada and his D.Phil from the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford.

MR GAVIN MILLAR QC is amongst UK’s leading free speech lawyers and as a practising media barrister he regularly represents publishers and journalists. He is a founding member of Doughty Street Chambers, Crown Court Recorder, Council of Europe Expert on Free Speech and a Trustee of the Centre for Investigative Journalism at City University. He also co-authored ‘Media Law and Human Rights’ (OUP 2009) and is a graduate of St Peter’s College, University of Oxford (BA Jurisprudence).

MR KAVEH MOUSSAVI, a human rights lawyer, was called to the Bar in Tehran in 1978. He studied at the Universities of London, Leeds and Oxford and between 2003 and 2009, served as Head of Public Interest Law and Policy Programme of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS), University of Oxford. He is currently an Associate Research Fellow at CSLS. He has written a critical review of the Mexican justice system for the US Congress, acted as human rights law adviser to the Venezuelan Government and is currently working on a socio-legal study of the Iranian justice system.

MS GUGULETHU MOYO is the Executive Director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI), a non-governmental charity which works in all regions of the world to provide legal support to journalists and media outlets who seek to protect their right to freedom of expression. She chairs the board of directors of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum International and serves on the advisory board of the Africa Research Institute. Moyo holds a BCL with Honours from the University of Zimbabwe and a BCL from the University of Oxford.

MR V. NIRANJAN is presently reading for the BCL at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, on a Rhodes scholarship. He is a graduate of the National Law School of India University and has served as an advocate at the Madras High Court in India. He has twice been a quarter-finalist at the International Rounds of the Philip C Jessup Moot, the Eighth Best Speaker in 2009, and one of the recipients of the Evans, Baxter and Dillard awards in 2010.

MR HARJINDER OBHI is Google’s Senior Litigation Counsel and handles all matters across the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

MS JUDY ODER holds an LLM from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Sweden) and an LLB from Makerere University, Uganda. She is currently a lawyer at INTERIGHTS, an NGO that works to defend human rights and freedoms worldwide, where she focuses on Africa

MS NATALIA PETROVA is a Kyiv based Ukrainian lawyer with extensive experience both as a scholar and a practitioner of media law. She has defended journalists before all levels of courts in Ukraine and Europe, including the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (3 winning cases). Currently, Natalia is working as one of the leaders on judicial reform in Ukraine, holding the position of Deputy Team Leader with USAID-funded project on the Rule of Law.

MR PETER J. REES QC holds an MA from the University of Cambridge (having read law at Downing College) and an MBA from Nottingham Trent University. He collaborates with Professor Adrian Briggs (St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) in producing the legal textbook ‘Civil Jurisdiction & Judgments’ (Briggs & Rees, 5th Ed. LLP), is a Fellow of the CIArb, a Council member of the European User’s Council of the LCIA and of ICC UK, and is the Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

PROFESSOR GIOVANNI RICCIO is Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Salerno in Italy, where he teaches Comparative Media Law. He is also the editor of MediaLaws ( and Attorney at law at Mazzetti Rossi e Associati, Rome. He has been Research Fellow at the Birkbeck College, University of London, and Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre.

MS JEN ROBINSON graduated from the Australian National University with a double degree in Law and Asian Studies. Robinson was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and graduated from Balliol College with a distinction in the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and an MPhil in Public International Law. Prior to joining Finers Stephens Innocent, Jen worked for several years with Geoffrey Robertson QC, leading counsel in media, criminal and human rights law.

MR PAOLO RONCHI holds a BA and a JD from Bologna Law School and is currently a Gregory Kulkes Scholar reading for the Magister Juris at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He has been an Erasmus student at Alcalá Law School in Spain and a Visiting Research Student at the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff Law School. His main fields of research, in which he has also published, are freedom of religion, discrimination law and direct democracy.

MR AKASH SACHDEVA is in the Intellectual Property Litigation Department of Allen & Overy LLP.  Sachdeva is a qualified barrister having completed his pupilage in the Chambers of Christopher Floyd QC (now Mr .Justice Floyd). He was formerly an in-house lawyer at the BBC.

MR EMMANUEL SAFFA ABDULAI is Executive Director for the Society for Democratic Initiatives, a civil society organisation working on transitional justice in post war Sierra Leone. Along with an LLB, he also holds an LLM in Media and Human Rights Law. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in International Humanitarian Law.

MS EVE SALOMON is a solicitor and international expert in media regulation. She is the author of the CBA/UNESCO Guidelines for Broadcasting Regulation and has undertaken a wide range of projects for governments and regulatory bodies worldwide. She is a member of the UK’s Press Complaints Commission and chairs the Internet Watch Foundation.

MR DANIEL SANDELSON is a partner at Clifford Chance and heads its telecoms, media and technology practice where he practices in the field of communications law, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property. He holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. He is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.

MS DEEKSHA SHARMA is the Ambriti Salve Scholar currently reading for the BCL at the University of Oxford. A member of Exeter College, she judged the U.K. National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition in February 2010 and represented India in the World Rounds of the Jessup in 2008. Sharma has also worked as a judicial clerk in the Supreme Court of India.

MR JOEL SMITH is a partner in the Disputes Practice at Herbert Smith LLP, London, specialising in media and intellectual property issues. He holds a M.A in Law from the University of Cambridge, as well as a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Bristol. He is qualified as a solicitor advocate.

MR MANUEL SOUDANT holds a law degree from the Netherlands, and an LLM in International and Comparative law from Brussels University. Before joining Shell 10 years ago he was in private practise working mainly as a litigator. He is currently the worldwide focal point for dispute resolution for the Upstream Division of Shell.

MR BENJAMIN SPAGNOLO is a doctoral student working in the area of jurisprudence and constitutional theory at the University of Oxford, where he also teaches both Roman and constitutional law and has served as the Law Faculty’s Mooting Coordinator from 2008 to 2010. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and a former Associate to the Chief Justice of Australia.

MR GAVIN SUTTER read law at Queen’s University, Belfast between 1994-1997 where he also received his LLM in computers and law in 1998 with distinction before joining the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, University of London in February 1999.

MR ALEXANDER THAVENOT is a member of Osborne Clarke’s litigation department in London and advises on a wide range of commercial disputes, both before the English courts and in international arbitration. He has spent three months on secondment to the Court of Appeal as a Judicial Assistant.

JUSTICE MICHAEL TUGENDHAT is currently a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He was educated at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge and Yale University and practised at the bar from 1970 to 2003 largely in media law, including defamation, confidentiality and contempt of court. He was a recorder from 1987 and a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey from 2000. His publications include ‘The Law of Privacy and the Media’ (2002, OUP) with Iain Christie, and served as a Consulting Editor to the author Janet Ulph LLM (lecturer in Law at Durham) for ‘Commercial Fraud Civil Liability, Human Rights and Money Laundering’ (OUP).

JUSTICE NINA VAJIC has been a judge on the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg since November 1998 and President of Section since February 2011. She was a professor of Public International Law at the Zagreb Faculty of Law and holds a law degree, as well as an LL.M and JSD in Public International Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia.

MR ADARSH VARGHESE holds an LLB from Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, India and is currently reading for the BCL at Balliol College, University of Oxford on a Felix Scholarship. He has participated and won several awards in various international moot court competitions including the ELSA WTO Moot, the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot and the Commonwealth Moot Court Competition.

MS DIVYA VENUGOPAL graduated from NALSAR University in Hyderabad and has an LLM from the London School of Economics. She currently works at Slaughter and May in London.

PROFESSOR DIRK VOORHOOF teaches courses in Media Law, Copyright Law, and Journalism Ethics at Ghent University. Since 2004 he has also lectured on European Media Law at Copenhagen University, Faculty of Law as well as participating on several occasions lecturing in the Media Lawyers Advocate Programme at the University of Oxford.

MR SCOTT WALKER completed his BA in Politics and Government, MA in International Relations, law degree from BPP Law School, and most recently an MPA from Columbia University, where he helped teach courses related to corporate social responsibility (CSR). He presently advises media and creative industries organisations on public policy, regulation, CSR and reputation management issues.

MR CHRIS WATSON is a solicitor in England and Wales and a barrister at the Paris bar. He is Chairman of the Communications Law Committee of the International Bar Association. He has an MA in Modern Languages from New College, University of Oxford and speaks several European languages. He was brought up in Iran and has worked extensively in the Middle East.

LOIS COLE WILSON is a barrister at 1 Gray’s Inn Square. She has developed a specialist media and information law practice with a particular interest in defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, freedom of expression, contempt of court, trademark and copyright law.  She regularly gives pre-publication advice to The Times and The Sunday Times, as well as to various professional and lay clients.