International Rounds 2015


The 2015 International Rounds of the 8th annual Price Media Law Moot Court Competition took place in Oxford, England on 24-27 March 2015.

35 teams representing a diverse range of countries (including Belarus, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Pakistan, Tanzania and the USA) argued a complex case on free speech, religious expression and the regulation of social media before distinguished benches of lawyers, academics and practicioners from the media industry serving as judges. The quality of arguments was impressive and the competition was very close, culminating with the team from the Philippines prevailing over the team from Singapore in the final. Please click the tabs above for the full International Rounds results (as well as links to this year’s prior Regional Rounds results) and for the list of judges and their bios.

Participants also attended a programme of engaging events alongside the competition, such as a seminar on ‘Religion, Secularism and the Public Sphere: New Challenges to the Rule of Law’ sponsored by The Guardian, and a workshop on ‘Securing Freedom of Expression through the United Nations Special Procedures’ delivered by experts from the Media Legal Defence Initiative, Oxford University and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. More information on these events is available via the following links:

2015 Price Moot Court International Rounds Competition Schedule
The Guardian Seminar on Religion, Secularism and the Public Sphere: New Challenges to the Rule of Law
Launch of a Special Series on Freedom of Expression in partnership with the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog
Monroe Price Oxford Book Launch: Free Expression, Globalism and the New Strategic Communication
Workshop: Securing Freedom of Expression through the United National Special Procedures


University of the Philippines, The Philippines

Singapore Management University, Singapore

SEMI-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)
Florida International University, USA
National Law University, Jodhpur, India

QUARTER-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)
Ghent University, Belgium
New York University School of Law, USA
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Regent University School of Law, USA

OCTO-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, USA
Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Cairo University, Egypt
Moi University, Kenya
Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
University of Oxford, UK
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica

Ms Taylor Dougherty, Brooklyn Law School, USA

Ms Jessica Krentz, Regent University School of Law, USA

3rd – Mr Zachary Kaufman, Brooklyn Law School, USA
4th – Ms Pauline Marie Gairanod, University of the Philippines, The Philippines
5th – Ms Geraldine Kuah, Singapore Management University, Singapore
6th – Mr Nicholas Koutsoukos, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
7th — Ms Letícia Machado Haertel, University of São Paulo, Brazil
8th – Mr Samuel Acquah-Bartels, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
9th – Ms Tafina Hines, University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica
10th – Ms Lindsey Brower, Regent University School of Law, USA
11th – Mr Jhade Lindsay, University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica
12th ex aequo – Ms Izzah Ejaz, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
12th ex aequo – Ms Kun Hang Li, Singapore Management University, Singapore
14th – Ms Yashna Mehta, National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India
15th – Ms Juliana da Cunha Mota, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Ms Pauline Marie Gairanod, University of the Philippines, The Philippines

Regent University School of Law, USA

Brooklyn Law School, USA
National Law University, Jodhpur, India

Zeina Ayyad and Wafaa Saadeh, Birzeit University, Palestine

OTHER PARTICIPATING TEAMS (in alphabetical order)
Ain Shams University, Egypt
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Belarusian State University, Belarus
Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Brooklyn Law School, USA
Eugene Dupuch Law School, The Bahamas
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Makerere University, Uganda
National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
Peking University, China
Shandong University, China
University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
University of International Business and Economics, China
University of Nairobi, Keny
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
University of Zagreb, Croatia

NOTE: The results from the 2014-15 Price Moot Court Regional Rounds are available on the following webpages: Asia-Pacific, South Asia, South East Europe, Americas and Middle East.


Ms Omolola Agbaje-Williams is a specialist in Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law. She was the recipient of the 2014 IBA Scholarship in the Intellectual Property, Communication and Technology section. She is called to the Nigerian Bar and recently concluded her LLM degree with honours in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). She was a member of the QMUL team who were Semi-Finalists at the 2014 International Rounds of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

Mr Thiago Alves Pinto is a DPhil in Law candidate at the University of Oxford. He is currently researching on the relationship between freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression. Thiago holds a LLB (Hons.) from Centro Universitário Curitiba (Brazil) and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Åbo Akademi University (Finland), where he graduated with honours eximia cum laude approbatur.

Mr Akshay Amritanshu is reading for the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. He was a member of the team which were Finalists at the All India Bar Council of India Moot, 2014 and has participated in several moot court competitions including Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna. He was an Editor of the NLIU Law Review and is a qualified Advocate in India.

Mr Keith Ashby is Head of Dispute Resolution at the leading media and entertainment firm, Sheridans. Keith acts for high profile individuals and corporate brands in defamation, privacy and breach of confidence disputes and represents the Independent Press Standards Organisation, which is the regulator for the newspaper and magazine industries in the U.K. Keith represented witnesses in module 1 (the Press and the Public) and module 3 (the Press and Politicians) in the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press and is the author of numerous articles on media and entertainment related matters which have appeared in publications including The Times, New Law Journal and Civil Justice Quarterly.

Mr Nathaniel L. Bach is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he practices in the firm’s Litigation department. Mr Bach has represented corporate, individual, and non-profit clients in global regulatory and governmental investigations, general commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters, entertainment contract disputes, and numerous other actions. He practiced in the firm’s London office from 2011 to 2013.

Mr Robert Balin is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in New York, where he specializes in media law litigation and counselling. He also teaches media law as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School. Rob frequently writes and lectures on international media law topics. He currently serves as co-chair of  the Media Law Committee of the International Bar Association and co-chair of the International Media Law Committee of the Media Law Resource Center.

Dr Ido Baum is Associate Professor at and Director of the Master’s Program at the College of Management, Haim Striks School of Law, in Israel. He specialises in procedural law, corporate law and media law. Professor Baum is also the legal commentator of the prestigious Israeli newspapers Haaretz-The Marker.

Dr Enrico Bonadio holds a J.D. from the University of Pisa and a Ph.D. 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 Université Catholique de Lyon (France) and University of Turku (Finland). Enrico was also Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School in 2013. He has been admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales and practiced for several years as an IP litigator at international law firms.

Mr Desmond Browne QC is joint Head of Chambers at 5RB. He has provided representation in many seminal media law cases including MGN v Naomi Campbell and Berezovsky v Forbes. He read law at New College, Oxford, and has practised media law for forty years. Also, he is Chairman of the International Committee of the Advocacy Training Council of the Inns of Court and a former Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales. In 2015 he is Treasurer of Gray’s Inn.

Mr Ian Burton is Senior Counsel in the Central Litigation Team at Google. Prior to joining Google in 2011, he served as Senior Litigation Counsel at Nokia, and as an Associate in the IP Litigation Department of London-based IP Specialists, Bristows.

Dr Paolo Cavaliere is a lecturer in Digital Media & IT Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School, where he teaches courses in Communications Law, International Media Law and Electronic Commerce Law. Paolo is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (University of Oxford) and a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society (Central European University, Budapest); he has also collaborated with international organisations and NGOs, and in this capacity has had the chance to serve as an independent reviewer and adviser on draft laws on IT and transparency of media ownership different countries.

Mr Damian Carney is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, with a PhD from the University of Sheffield. He is a qualified barrister who is currently Research Lead at the School of Law at the University of Portsmouth. He has written extensively on media law and ethics issues including in the areas of contempt of court, self-regulation and journalists anonymous source. He is close to completing a monograph on the latter.

Ms Kristina Cendic is Annenberg Local Program Coordinator at Internews in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kristina is a Ph.D. candidate in media law and already holds a M.A. degree in human rights. She was the coach of the Sarajevo team at the 2013 Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, and currently leads media law clinics in Bosnia, as well as the national media law competition in Bosnia.

Ms Antonina Cherevko is a media lawyer and works for International Media Support coordinating its programme in Ukraine. She graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine where she obtained an Master of Law with a specialisation in media law. She was a 2010 participant in the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute.

Ms Zhiling Chen is reading for the M.Jur. at Jesus College, University of Oxford on a merit-based full scholarship. She graduated with first class honours from China University of Political Science and Law. She has participated and won awards in several moot court competitions including International Humanitarian Law Moot and BFSU Intellectual Property Moot. She is a qualified lawyer in China.

Mr Sydney Chawatama was called to the Bar in 1994 and is a barrister at 1 Crown Office Row in London. His practice includes clinical negligence and personal injury. He is developing a specialist interest in international arbitration and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). He holds an LL.B first class honours degree in English and European Law from the University of Essex and was an Erasmus scholar at Copenhagen Business School.

Ms Annabel Church is a former law student of the University of Cambridge, where she took a particular interest in human rights within the family law context. During her time at Cambridge, she won the Selwyn College Mooting Competition, reached the finals of the Quadrant Chambers Fledglings Mooting Competition and represented the University at the 6th Annual International Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. After leaving Cambridge, Annabel worked as a trainee solicitor at a leading American law firm before leaving to pursue a career at the family Bar. She is currently working as a caseworker in the family and child care law department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors before commencing her BPTC.

Ms 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.

Dr Ahmed Khalifa is Assistant Professor of Criminal Law at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and is on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Penal Law. Ahmed is also responsible for coordinating the Middle East Regional Rounds of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court.

Ms Sophy Cuss is a litigation associate at Gibson Dunn, specialising in international arbitration. She read English and German (BA) at Worcester College, Oxford University.

Mr Neville Cordell is a partner at Allen & Overy LLP where he specialises in IP and media litigation and acted in the first ‘Napster’ copyright infringement case in the UK. He holds an LL.M. with Distinction in Intellectual Property and Media Law from King’s College, London.

Dr Richard Danbury is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. He has a background in law and broadcast journalism. He is currently the research associate on the AHRC- funded study: “Appraising Potential Legal Responses to Threats to the Production of News in the Digital Environment”. He qualified as a barrister, and practised, briefly, in criminal law at 9-12 Bell Yard, before spending a decade at the BBC, working mainly in TV news and current affairs, including extended periods on Newsnight and Panorama. He was the Deputy Editor of the BBC’s 2010 Prime Ministerial Debate. His doctorate is in media law, and he is a researcher at Oxford’s PCMLP.

Mr Roger Enock is Head of the dispute resolution and insurance recovery practices of the London office of Covington & Burling and is a specialist in litigation and arbitration. He was formerly a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Mr Ugochukwu Ezeh is currently a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford reading for the Bachelor of Civil Law degree. He is a recipient of a Weidenfeld-Oxford scholarship, and holds an LL.B degree from the University of Lagos where he graduated top of his class with first class honours. He has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Ms Francesca Fanucci is a lawyer in international and EU law, specialising in freedom of expression and media pluralism. She is a senior associate at Free Expression Associates, a consultant for the Open Society Foundations, and an advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression. She has been a legal analyst and researcher in corporate law for global and European public affairs consultancies in Europe, North and West Africa, the United States and South America. She has co-authored ‘WikiLeaks, Secrecy and Freedom of Information: The Case of the UK’, in Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society (Palgrave-MacMillan 2013) and ‘Digital Television in Italy: From Analogue to Digital Duopoly?’ in the January 2013 issue of the International Journal of Digital Television.

Dr Lieve Gies is a senior lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. She is the author of Law and the Media: The Future of an Uneasy Relationship (Routledge, 2008) and Mediating Human Rights: Media, Culture and Human Rights Law (Routledge, 2014).

Dr Nazila Ghanea is Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. She serves as Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and is a Fellow of Kellogg College (BA Keele, MA Leeds, PhD Keele, MA Oxon). She serves as a member of the OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief and on the Board of Trustees of the independent think tank, the Universal Rights Group. She has been a visiting academic at a number of institutions including Columbia and NYU, and previously taught at the University of London and Keele University, UK and in China. Nazila’s research spans freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, women’s rights, minority rights and human rights in the Middle East. Her publications include nine books, five UN publications as well as a number of journal articles and reports.

Mr Clive Gringras is Head of the technology team at Olswang having joined the firm in 1996. A coder of a best-selling computer game, “Elite” for Acorn RISC computers, and author of all three editions of The Laws of the Internet, Clive combines this deep, practical expertise with twenty-years of practicing technology law advising the likes of Microsoft on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Ms Jocelyn Hackett is Legal Research Associate at the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is also responsible for coordinating the Americas Rounds of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition International Rounds.

Mr Michal Hain was a member of the runner-up team from the University of Oxford at the 2013-14 Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition International Rounds.

Ms Shruti Hiremath holds an LL.M. in global business laws from New York University, an LL.M. in corporate and financial services laws from National University of Singapore and a B.A., LL.B (Hons.) from National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She is admitted to practice in India, England & Wales, the State of New York and Brussels. She presently works with Allen & Overy LLP as a part of their competition law team in Brussels. She was a member of the winning team of the 2010-11 the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition Regional Rounds in South Asia.

Ms Ellen Hughes-Jones is an associate in the IP department in the London office of Locke Lord (UK) LLP. She specialises in intellectual property and Internet technology litigation, with experience in copyright and trade mark infringement, confidential information and a variety of IT contractual disputes.

Ms Nani Jansen is Legal Director at the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI), where she oversees litigation in various national jurisdictions, as well as international courts and human rights tribunals. Nani is a qualified lawyer and holds law degrees from the University of Amsterdam and Columbia Law School in New York.

Mr Rohan Kothari has just begun practising as a lawyer in India and is currently pursuing an LLM from the University of Cambridge. His areas of interest include criminal law, public law and comparative law.

Judge Willem Korthals Altes has been a judge in the Netherlands since 1995 and is currently a Senior Judge in the Insolvency Section of the District Court of Amsterdam. He is also a Visiting Professor at the New York Law School’s Media Center and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam.

Ms Aikaterini-Christina Koula has a degree in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2013) and an LLM in International Law from the University of Bristol, UK (2014). She is a trainee lawyer and a member of Serres Bar Association. She has taken part in various Model United Nations Conferences and moot court competitions.

Dr Morris Lipson is currently a consultant for foundations, providing advice on monitoring and evaluation. As a lawyer, he has advised foundations on universal jurisdiction litigation, and has brought cases to the UN Human Rights Committee on freedom of expression and association. Earlier, he was at the American Civil Liberties Union in the United States, where he worked on freedom of association and privacy cases, including at the United States Supreme Court. He has a JD from the Yale Law School and a PhD in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr Christopher Loudon is an associate in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s London Dispute Resolution Group. He has a particular focus on financial services litigation and cross-border disputes, and has spent time seconded to the in-house Dispute Resolution team at one of the world’s largest financial services groups. Before training as a lawyer, he worked at the European Parliament.

Dr Laurence Lustgarten is 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 at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). He has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles on national security, policing, defamation, and public law.

Ms Vesna Maglov is a human rights expert who holds an M.A. degree in Democracy and Human Rights in South-East Europe, University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo. Vesna has worked on several projects related to human rights and freedom of expression, and as a researcher on civic education and humanitarian law.

Ms Victoria Miyandazi is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies for the MPhil in Law at the University of Oxford. She is a recipient of the Rhodes scholarship and holds an LLB degree from Kenyatta University in Kenya where she graduated top of her class; graduating with first class honours. Her main interests are on human rights, equality law, public international law, and constitutional law

Mr James Michael (BSc, JD, LLM, Dip, Attorney) is a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the London University Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, where he gives an annual public lecture on law and information issues and chairs the advisory committee of the newly established centre for information law and policy. He has taught at universities in the US, UK, Sweden, Nigeria and South Africa. His publications include The Politics of Secrecy (Penguin) and Privacy and Human Rights (UNESCO), and he was sole advisor to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on the Freedom of Information Bill.

Ms Adriana Minovic is Advisor for the domestic market in the Office for European Integration of the Republic of Serbia. Previously she worked in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications where she primarily worked as a deputy secretary in the Negotiation Team for  Group 10 – Information Society and Media, and in this capacity she participated in negotiations with the EU in this area. Adriana graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. During her studies, she was a member of the University’s winning team at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. Adriana has published numerous papers in various academic journals.

Mr Jonathan McCully is the Case and Project Support Officer at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, and supports the organisation with its strategic litigation and the delivery of its training programmes . Having graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Trinity College Dublin in 2012, Jonathan went on to complete a Masters of Laws in Information Technology, Media and Communications Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2013. Jonathan has a particular interest in media law matters, and has published pieces on freedom of expression, privacy, open justice, human rights and intellectual property.  Many of his pieces have been published on the International Forum for Responsible Media Blog.

Ms Charlotte McMillan is a media lawyer who has worked in senior legal and business affairs roles within private practice and within industry.  She was a partner in leading law firm SJ Berwin (now King and Wood Mallesons) and subsequent to that was Assistant General Counsel and Acting Director of Competition and Regulatory Affairs at Virgin Media.  Until recently she was the interim Head of Legal, Corporate and Commercial at Channel 4. She is currently consulting. Charlotte’s career has had a particular focus on the media, technology and telecommunications industries and in particular the creation, distribution and exploitation of content services.

Dr Lawrence McNamara is Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. He joined the Centre in 2013 after working in Australian and then UK universities for fifteen years. He is the author of Reputation and Defamation (Oxford University Press, 2007) and from 2009-2013 held an ESRC/AHRC Fellowship in Ideas and Beliefs for a research programme titled “Law, Terrorism and the Right to Know”.

Ms Rebecca Miller is Head of Legal, Governance, Regulatory & Trading at Channel 4 and deals with issues ranging from commercial contracts to data protection to IP litigation.  She has an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

Ms Nicola Namdjou is Senior Legal Manager at Global Witness, an NGO that investigates, reports and campaigns to prevent natural resource-linked conflict, corruption and environmental abuses. She has previously worked as in-house editorial lawyer at Guardian News and Media and has provided regular prepublication advice to media organisations.

Ms Heather Newton is a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, specialising in intellectual property law and litigation. She has a first class law degree from University of Oxford and an IP Diploma from Bristol University.

Mr Rehman Noormohamed is a partner at Michelmores LLP, a leading UK national law firm. Rehman heads up the Technology, Media and Telecoms (“TMT”) team and the Intellectual Property (“IP”) team and is nationally recognised as a leading expert in his field. In October 2014, his team was awarded Legal 500’s UK TMT Team of the Year. Rehman advises major institutions, suppliers and multinationals across a number of sectors including the TMT sector, financial services, retail, food & drink, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, central & local government, education, health and emergency services on all aspects of TMT and IP. His work typically covers strategic, tactical and operational matters.

Dr Eva Ondřejová, LL.M. is a barrister based in Prague, the Czech Republic specializing in media law and protection of personal rights. She represents Czech media houses and  high profile individuals in defamation and privacy cases. She collaborates with Charles University in Prague.

Dr Harjinder S. Obhi is a Legal Director for Google UK. He has worked on many Google litigation cases in Europe and Asia in which principles of freedom of expression and the right to receive and impart information play a central role. Prior to joining Google in 2006, he was Senior Legal Counsel at Network General (a silicon valley based technology company, now NetScout). He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and his private practice experience was at law firms Lovells and Bristows.

Mr Benjamin Ong is reading for the BCL at the University of Oxford.  He graduated with the BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford with first class honours.  He has participated in the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot and the International Roman Law Moot, and has served as a judge in the University’s internal Undergraduate Inter-collegiate Mooting Competition.

Ms Gill Phillips is Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media. She qualified in 1984 and joined the BBC as an inhouse lawyer in 1987, later working for News Group Newspapers and Times Newspapers. She also sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge.

Dr Oreste Pollicino is Associate Professor in Comparative Public Law, Bocconi University. He was a post-doc in Comparative Public Law at Bocconi University, and holds a Ph.D. in constitutional law from the University of Milan, and an LL.M. in European law from the College of Europe, Bruges.

Ms Lynn Pype obtained a Master in Law in June 2008 from the University of Ghent Belgium. In June 2009, she also obtained a complementary master’s degree in Economic Law from the ULB in Brussels. In October 2009, she undertook the LL.M program at Queen Mary University in London, with a focus on Intellectual Property and Media Law. That same year, she participated in the Price Media Law Moot Court International Rounds with the Queen Mary team.

Mr Driton Qeriqi is serving in the Vice-chairmen position of the Independent Media Commission in Kosovo, a decision-making body mandated by the Parliament on endorsing policies, licensing and regulating audiovisual media. His work experience was gained through different international projects in Kosovo with an emphasis to USAID donor driven projects. Actively has participated in several working groups on drafting and amending media legislation. The so far experience in media was gained in a functioning system of a transitional society, which gradually has commenced exercising applicable standards of the developed democracies.

Mr Giovanni Maria Riccio is associate professor of Comparative Law at the University of Salerno, where he teaches IT & IP Law. Former consultant of the EU Commission for the revision of the e-commerce directive, he has been an academic visitor at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and a research fellow at the Birbeck College of the University of London. He is a founder and co-director of MediaLaws, the first international blog on IT and media law. He also practices as a lawyer and he is the founder and one of the naming partner of the law firm E-Lex – Belisario Scorza Riccio & Partners, based in Rome.

Mr Jacob Rowbottom is CUF Lecturer in Law at University College, University of Oxford. He is also the author of Democracy Distorted (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Mr Akash Sachdeva is a partner in the IP department of the newly opened London office of Cooley (UK) LLP.  Akash is a qualified barrister and has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation.  He has acted for households names such as Nikon, BlackBerry, eBay and Williams Formula One.

Mr Christopher Sargeant is currently completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge analysing howpersons are held to account following a death in prison custody in England and Wales. He has extensive experience of mooting, most recently finishing second globally in the International Air and Space Law Association Space Law Moot Court and winning the European competition. He is also the Managing Editor of the UK Supreme Court Review and a supervisor in criminal law.

Mr Paul Schabas is a litigation Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto.  In addition to his leading media and public law practice, Paul handles commercial litigation, arbitrations, tax, white collar crime and regulatory defence cases.  Paul regularly represents Canadian and international media organizations. He has been counsel on many Charter cases dealing with freedom of expression, equality rights, judicial independence, fundamental justice, and search and seizure, including several of the leading media law cases in the Supreme Court of Canada (e.g., Grant v. Torstar, R. v. Mentuck, Breeden v. Black, Toronto Star v. Canada, Taylor v. Canadian Human Rights Commission, R. v. Morgentaler).  He is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and Chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Paul is Past President of the Canadian Media Lawyers Association, Past President of Pro Bono Law Ontario, and a Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and The Osgoode Society for Legal History. He has sat on the boards of community and cultural organizations. He has submitted numerous briefs and litigated cases internationally, and teaches and speaks on media law issues in Canada and elsewhere. In 2011 Canadian Lawyer named him one of Canada’s 25 “most influential” lawyers.

Mr Michael Skrein is a senior litigation partner at Reed Smith in London. He has been handling media disputes for many years, often in crossborder matters. He has been involved in legislative reform projects. Michael chaired the committee set up by The Law Society for the Lord Chancellor’s Department to draft the preaction protocol for intellectual property disputes that became a Code of Practice. His experience spans films, television, music, theatre and games.

Ms Frances Smithson is a barrister at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP’s London office, and a former tenant of 18 Red Lion Court, with a practice encompassing commercial litigation and dispute resolution, regulatory investigations, international sanctions and criminal proceedings. She was called to the bar in 2010, and holds a BA in law and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford.

Dr Benjamin Spagnolo is the Penningtons Student (Fellow) and Tutor in Law at Christ Church and a member of the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford. He teaches constitutional law, administrative law and Roman law and assists in the Faculty’s Mooting Programme. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and a graduate of the Universities of Western Australia and of Oxford.

Mr Iain Stansfield is a partner at Olswang LLP and is the head of the firm’s international commercial law group. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1995, he has been with Olswang for most of his legal career . Iain provides strategic advice to clients involved in the development, protection and exploitation of intellectual property. This includes brands, content and technology. His focus is on transactional and advisory work, and his clients are drawn in large part from the advertising and marketing, publishing and retail sectors.

Ms Claire De Than B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., LL.M., is Director of Student Experience and Senior Lecturer in Law at City University London, and a member of various committees including Senate and Academic Governance. A graduate of the University of London, she is the author or coauthor of more than 15 books, as well as many legal articles in refereed journals. Claire has advised various governments on human rights issues and law reform. She has been a moot coach for many years and is a former National Adjudicator for the English Speaking Union.

Ms Judith Townend joined the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London in October 2014 to set up a new Centre for Law and Information Policy (CLIP). Before joining IALS, Judith was a lecturer in City University London’s department of journalism, and research associate at University of Westminster on an AHRC-funded project looking at media plurality and ownership. Her doctoral research, based at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism (CLJJ) at City University London, examines defamation and privacy law and its relationship with journalistic practice in England and Wales.

Ms Asma Uddin is Legal Counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where she works on both American and international religious freedom issues. Her work involves litigation, advocacy, and academia. She is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine,, which covers a broad scope of topics pertinent to gender-and-Islam.

Ms Divya Venugopal is a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP, London. She graduated from NALSAR, University of Law in Hyderabad and holds an LL.M. with distinction from the London School of Economics.

Ms Griet Verfaillie has been a lawyer since 1999 and has acquired extensive experience in advising on problems concerning trade practices (labeling, joint offers, price reduction announcements, sales, etc.) and intellectuel property matters, more in particular, trademarks, copyrights, counterfeiting, designs and property of knowhow. She is also experienced in commercial law, including competition matters, distribution and licensing. Prior to joining Peeters Advocaten, Griet was a senior lawyer at the Media and Technology Department of the DLA Piper UK Law firm and the Commercial department of the US law firm Thompson Hine LLP. Griet is a member of the Brussels Bar.

Ms Alinda Vermeer joined MLDI in May 2014 as a Legal Officer. Prior to joining MLDI, Alinda worked at Privacy International, where she was responsible for developing and implementing the organisation’s litigation strategy on the international trade in surveillance technologies. She also worked as a criminal defence lawyer with Stibbe, a large law firm in the Netherlands, and has experience working in the field of international criminal law at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Alinda graduated in criminal law from Leiden University and speaks Dutch and English.

Ms Medha Vikram completed the BA. LLB (Hons) from National Law University, Delhi (India) and is currently pursuing the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. She participated in the Price Moot Court in 2013, where her main areas of research were concerns raised by freedom of expression and the right to privacy. She will be starting a training contract with Herbert Smith Freehills, LLP in September 2015.

Dr Mohamed S. E. Abdel Wahab (MCIArb), Licence en Droit (CAI), LL.M (CAI), MPhil (MAN), Ph.D (MAN), CIArb Dip. International Commercial Arbitration (at Baliol College, Oxford University – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators), European Law Course (King’s College, London University) has broad and extensive experience of commercial and investment arbitration and expert determination proceedings across the economic and business spectra, including: energy, construction, real estate, telecommunications, information technology, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and hotel management, sale of goods, banking, insurance, transport and finance sectors. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab also holds a number of academic visiting posts in the MENA Region, the EU, and the USA, where he teaches Comparative Commercial and Investment Arbitration, English Contract law, Comparative Law, Online Dispute Resolution, and Conflict of Laws. Dr. Abdel Wahab is an Adjunct Professor of Arbitration at the American University Construction Law and Arbitration Course (CLAC 045), a Fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, and Associate Member of the Centre for Private International Law at Aberdeen University, UK.

Mr Tim Warren is Legal Counsel for Mobile Broadband Network Limited, a telecommunications joint venture company between Hutchison 3G UK Limited and EE Limited where he is tasked with engaging with site providers and landlords in all manner of property disputes and litigation, to assist in improving the operation of the consolidated network. Mr Warren holds an LL.M. and a Bachelor Degree in international business and has a keen interest in international political relations, which was a major theme in his studies.

Mr Nathan Webb is an employed barrister in the media team at RPC and a previous winner of the Best Oralist award at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

Mr Andrew Wheelhouse is a paralegal at Bates Wells Braithwaite LLP specialising in media law with a strong interest in public and regulatory law. Previously he worked as a Foreign Law Clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and as a researcher for the Commission on a Bill of Rights set up by the UK Ministry of Justice. He is also a regular contributor to the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog. He was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2013 and holds a BA in law from St John’s College, Cambridge and an LLM in public law from University College London.

Mr Alexander Willingham is currently a postgraduate student studying at BPP Law School, pursing an MA (LPC with Business). He holds an LL.M in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary, University of London. Alex was a member of the Queen Mary semi-finalist team at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition International Rounds 2014 and has a strong interest in media law related concerns.

Dr Michael Wiener works in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was also one of the experts who participated in the consultations that drafted the Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality. His research interests include freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and the prohibition of incitement to national, racial or religious hatred. Currently, he is also a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

Dr Alison Young is an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Tutor in Law at Hertford College. She researches in Constitutional Theory and Human Rights and is the author of Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act.


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