The 2016 International Rounds of the 9th annual Price Media Law Moot Court Competition took place in Oxford, England on 30 March – 2 April 2016.
This year we had 37 teams representing a diverse range of countries (including Australia, Bahamas, China, Lithuania, Serbia, Jordan, Malaysia, Uganda, Kenya and the USA) argued a complex case on hate speech, free speech and the regulation of social media before distinguished benches of lawyers, academics and practitioners from the media industry serving as judges. The quality of arguments was impressive, each year we are surprised with the teams and there efforts. Competition culminated with the team from the Singapore Management prevailing over the team from Jindal Global Law School, India 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.
All participants during event attended a programme alongside the competition, such as Opening Seminar: “Is there a global crisis in media law and its application?” and a well known workshop on “Securing Freedom of Expression through the UN Human Rights Special Procedures” delivered by experts Ms Smita Shah, barrister andMr Jonathan McCully, Junior Legal Officer, Media Legal Defence Initiative. We also had Discussion with Monika Bickert, Facebook and Steve Crown, Microsoft with a topic “The Role of Companies in Addressing Online Hate Speech”.
OVERALL WINNER RUNNER-UP
Jindal Global Law School, India
SEMI-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)
National Law Institute University, Bhopal, India
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
QUARTER-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada
University of Melbourne, Australia
University of Oxford, UK
OCTO-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)
Ain Shaims University, Egypt
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, USA
Brooklyn Law School, USA
National Law University, Delhi, India
Queen Mary University of London, UK
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
University of Latvia, Faculty of Law
University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ms Matea Perica, University of Zagreb, Croatia
BEST ORALIST RUNNER-UP
Ms Asmita Singhvi, Jindal Global Law School, India
3rd Twinkle Chawla, National Law Institute University, Bhopal
4th Rishabh Bajoria, Jindal Global Law School
5th Suriti Chowdhary,National Law Institute University, Bhopal
6th Agneta Rumpa, University of Latvia, Faculty of Law
7th Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj, National Law University, Delhi
8th Veda Handa, National Law University, Delhi
9th Palmer Hurst, Regent University School of Law
10th Obadia Ismail, Kampala International University
BEST ORALIST IN THE FINAL
Mr Rishabh Bajoria, Jindal Global Law School, India
Singapore Management University, Singapore
BEST MEMORIALS RUNNERS-UP
Regent University School of Law, USA
JONATHAN BLAKE SPIRIT OF THE COMPETITION AWARD
Mr Obadia Ismail, Kampala International University, Uganda
Mr Kivindyo Munyao, The Catholic University Of Eastern Africa, Kenya
OTHER PARTICIPATING TEAMS (in alphabetical order)
China University of Political Science and Law, China
Eugene DuPuch Law School, Bahamas
Faculty of Law Union University, Serbia
Florida International University College of Law, USA
Ghent University, Belgium
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Kampala International University, Uganda
Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
Regent University School of Law, USA
Renmin University of China, China
Shandong University, China
The Catholic University Of Eastern Africa, Kenya
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
University of Jordan, Jordan
Universtity of Nis, Serbia
University of the Philippines, Phillipines
University of Sao Paolo, School of Law, Brazil
University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia
Valparaiso University Law School, USA
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Nathaniel L. Bach is an associate attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, where he specializes in commercial litigation, government investigations, and information technology and data privacy. He spent two years seconded to Gibson Dunn’s London office.
Monika Bickert is Facebook’s head of product policy. Her global team manages the policies for what types of content can be shared on Facebook and how advertisers and developers can interact with the site. Monika originally joined Facebook in 2012 as lead security counsel, advising the company on matters including child safety and data security. Prior to joining Facebook, Monika served as Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, where she specialized in Southeast Asian rule of law development and response to child exploitation and human trafficking. She also served as Assistant United States Attorney for eleven years in Washington, DC, and Chicago, prosecuting federal crimes ranging from public corruption to gang-related violence. Monika received a B.A. in Economics and English from Rice University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Steven Crown is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel inside Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group. He serves in a cross-company role with responsibility for policies and practices that advance human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and privacy on the global Internet. Away from the office Steve is a director of the Global Network Initiative, President of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, and an officer of the International Bar Association Media Committee. Steve read Modern Languages at Oxford, receiving First Class Honours with Distinction in the Colloquial Use of Russian, and earned his J.D. from the Yale Law School.
Gillian Phillips is Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited, publishers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers. She qualified in 1984 and joined the BBC as an in-house lawyer in 1987, later working for News Group Newspapers and Times Newspapers, where she advised on pre- and post-publication legal issues, including around defamation, open justice, contempt of court, privacy and national security. She moved to Guardian News & Media in May 2009 and has advised on phone-hacking, Wikileaks, the Leveson Inquiry, the NSA leaks from Edward Snowden and the HSBC files. She also sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge and co-authors the College of Law Employment Law handbook.
Boštjan M. Zupančič is a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from Slovenia. He was elected assistant professor while he while he continued his studies at Zagreb University Law School and at Université de Montréal, Département de criminologie. In 1973, he obtained the LLM Degree from Harvard Law School and was accepted, as one of three candidates, into the S.J.D. Program. His Harvard doctorate was awarded in 1980. For ten years he taught criminal law and criminal procedure in various universities in the United States and was unanimously voted to receive tenure in 1985. In 1986, he returned to his native Slovenia and was elected Full Professor for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Philosophy of Law. He was Vice-Rector of Ljubljana University and Vice-Chair of the U.N. Committee against torture. While a Judge of the Constitutional Court (1993-1998), he was elected Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in 1998. For four years he was President of Section III of the Court. His tenure at the Court should, after 18 years, terminate in 2016. He has published numerous books, treatises, and separate opinions. The latest two books are The Owl of Minerva and the sequel case-book entitled The Owlets of Minerva.
Shama Banoo Hussain Abbasi completed her Bachelors in Arts and Law at the O.P. Jindal Global University in India. She was granted the University’s first scholarship for her best performance in International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice. She was on the Dean’s list and among the top five students in all five years of the degree course. Shama has interned for the Delhi office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (Arusha). She is currently reading for the BCL at the Oxford University.
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, and currently serves as a member of the section’s Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Committee. Lola holds an LLM degree in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London. She was a member of the Queen Mary team who were Semi-Finalists at the 2014 International Rounds of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. She is called to the Nigerian bar and currently consults
for leading media and entertainment firms, IP owners and technology-based business start-ups in Africa on intellectual property law matters.
Gil Anthony Aquino holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines and a B.S. Chemistry degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. He was the co-captain of the team from the University of the Philippines that won the Asia-Pacific Championship and the World Championship of the 2015 Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.
Thiago Alves Pinto holds an LLB (Hons.) from Centro Universitário Curitiba (Brazil) and a Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law from Abo Akademi University (Finland). He is currently in the second year of his DPhil in Law, researching on the topic of offence to religious belief in International Human Rights Law, and is the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Human Rights Law (2015-16) at the University of Oxford. Thiago has been actively involved with NGOs and international organizations, having worked with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and at the International Organization for Migration on human rights projects. In 2015, he co-authored the UNESCO report: “Countering Online Hate Speech”.
Clive Baldwin is Senior Legal Advisor of Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 2007, Clive practiced law with the human rights law firm, Bindman and Partners, worked on European human rights litigation at the AIRE Centre, working for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kosovo, and served as the Head of Advocacy for Minority Rights Group International.
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.
Jonathan Blake is a communications and media lawyer at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. He practiced in that field for over 50 years, headed the firm’s practice group in this field for several decades, was President of the Federal Communications Bar Association, served as Chairman of the Firm’s management committee for six years and was named to the list of American outstanding lawyers in that field and more generally over a period of several years. His practice included legislation, agency rulemakings and adjudications, major court cases, deal making and strategic advice. It also included advising foreign governments on their media and communications issues. He helped pioneer digital television for which the group received an Oscar and mobile phone services. He represents the Public Broadcasting Service and has taught classes at various American law schools. Jon has served as a judge for the Price Moot Courts in Oxford, New Delhi and Cairo. The Spirit of the Competition Award is named in his honour.
Enrico Bonadio holds a J.D. from the University of Pisa and a PhD from the University of Florence. He currently lectures in Intellectual Property and EU Law at City University London and serves as a Visiting Professor at Université Catholique de Lyon in France and the University of Turku, Finland. Enrico 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.
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.
Damian Carney is a Senior Lecturer in Media Law at JOMEC, Cardiff University’s School of Journalism. He has previously taught in the Law Schools of Portsmouth, Buckingham and Sheffield. He writes in the area of Media Law and Ethics with a particular interest in the protection of journalists’ sources and internal accountability mechanisms within news organisations. He is currently completing a book Journalists, Anonymous Sources and the Law: A Theoretical, Comparative and Critical Analysis.
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 with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University, Budapest.
Benarji Chakka is a Chevening Scholar at SOAS, he graduated with B.A.L, LL.B from Andhra University and MPhil, PhD,, in international law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Prior to joining SOAS, he was Associate Professor and Registrar of National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam; worked as a Lecturer at School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway and worked as a Legal Adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has been a judge at the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition for Asia-Pacific Round; the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and he organised and acted as a judge in Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition in South Asia.
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. 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.
Beatriz de los Mozos is a Spanish qualified lawyer. She studied law at the University of Valladolid and Université Paris V – René Descartes, finishing in the top three of her cohort. She was subsequently an Associate lawyer at White & Case Madrid office, where she worked in the department of capital markets and Mergers and Acquisitions. She is currently reading for a postgraduate Msc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
Ana de los Mozos studied law at the University of Valladolid. She is studying for a LLM of International and Comparative Commercial Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her areas of interest are: international trade law, multinational enterprises and the law, international commercial and investment arbitration and comparative commercial law.
Ge Chen is a research associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies. He obtained Dr. iur. from the University of Göttingen. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate the University of Cambridge. He was a Visiting Academic of the PCMLP at the University of Oxford. He has been a research fellow and Konrad Adenauer scholar at the University of Göttingen. He is the author of Copyright and International Negotiations: an Engine of Free Expression for China?, a monograph to be published by Cambridge University Press. His research article “Piercing the Veil of State Sovereignty: How China’s Censorship Regime into Fragmented International Law Can Lead to a Butterfly Effect” recently appeared in the journal Global Constitutionalism. He has provided legal consulting service to both Chinese and European governments in a variety of legal projects under the framework of Sino-EU-Dialogue on the state of rule of law over the past years.
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.
Hilina Berhanu Degefa is a student at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Law and Gender (LLM) on a Mo Ibrahim Scholarship. She is currently serving on the editorial board of the SOAS Law Journal as an executive editor. She is also an active women’s rights advocate who cofounded The Yellow Movement AAU and Women For Change-Ethiopia– youth-led campaigns and projects based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her areas of interest are Human Rights, International Law and politics, policy and good governance in Africa and grassroots Advocacy.
Hala Salah Eddin is an Administrative Prosecutor at the Public Administrative Prosecution Authority in Egypt, where she investigates administrative and financial contraventions committed by public officials. She is also an instructor for the American Bar Association in Egypt, training young lawyers in key professional skills. Before her appointment to the Public Administrative Prosecution Authority she was a Legal Consultant at Trowers & Hamlins, where she advised international clients on Egyptian law issues. She holds an LLB from the English Section of Cairo University and an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Indiana University School of Law. She is one of three Egyptian women judges participating in a judicial training programme organized by the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford, funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Magna Carta Partnerships Fund.
Beheshteh Engineer is an aspiring barrister, currently studying for an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice, at SOAS. She has experience of public speaking in a range of settings, including at NUS Conferences and when lobbying MPs. Beheshteh has also participated in debates: last year in front of Mr Justice Mitting, and this year, she has taught debating to students for ‘Vocalise’ – a pro bono project for law students to teach debating to prisoners. After teaching prisoners herself last year, she was appointed as one of the Directors of Vocalise. Beheshteh also volunteers at the Howard League.
Ugochukwu Ezeh is currently reading for an MPhil in the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford. His research explores the intersection between legal and political systems with a particular focus on the construction of legal norms and security measures. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from Oxford, and an LLB from the University of Lagos where he graduated with first class honours. Deeply interested in leadership, youth participation, and democratisation processes in Africa, he was selected as a youth facilitator at the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2014, and is currently the Deputy-Chair of Oxford Pro Bono Publico an organisation that promotes the principles and practice of public interest law.
Francesca Fanucci is a lawyer in international and EU law, specialising in freedom of expression and media pluralism. She is a member of Internews’ Internet Freedom Expert Register and has consulted, inter alia, for ARTICLE 19, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Open Society Foundations, Access Info Europe and International Media Support. She is also a surveyor of e-governance policies for the E-Governance Institute at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey, US. 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.
Nilfa Abdullahi Gambo is from Kano State, Nigeria. She was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2013. She later worked for the Department for Legal Drafting of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Kano. She is currently an LLM student at SOAS, University of London, specialising in International Economic Law with particular reference to Africa.
Ana Garcia is a law graduate from the University of São Paulo. She has worked at the United Nations Office on Crimes and Drugs and at the OAS Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, both as an intern and is now a Human Rights and Humanitarian Law masters student at Sciences Po Paris. Ms. Garcia participated in moot court competitions during her law studies – including the American and International rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court – both as a speaker and team coach and has also cooperated with the preparation of teams from her University as a judge in mock trial competitions.
Stephen Gillespie has been a partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP since February, 2014. He is co-chair of the firm’s Global Finance Practice, and a member of the firm’s Corporate and Private Equity practice groups. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Oxford (BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, 1984, MA 1989) and of the College of Law, Guildford (LPC, 1985). Stephen headed the European Debt Finance practice at Kirkland & Ellis from 2006 to 2014, was a banking partner, and co-head of the global banking practice, at Allen & Overy from 1991 to 2006, and an associate with Freshfields from 1987 to 1991. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales having been an articled clerk with Stephenson Harwood. He is a founding member of the advisory board for the Oxford University Masters in Law and Finance programme.
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.
Letícia Haertel has significant mooting experience. She has received the “Overall Winner” prize at the Nelson Mandela Moot Court Competition and the “Best Memorial” prize at the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court. She also competed in the American and International rounds of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, where she was considered a top oralist. She is currently a recipient of the DAAD “Junge Juristen aus Brasilien” scholarship and a double-degree student at University of São Paulo and Ludwig-Maximillian Universität München. She is a founder and director of the study group “International Organizations Study Lab” and a director of the study group “Mooting and Human Rights” at USP. Her research focuses on religious freedom, discrimination, freedom of expression and terrorism.”
Shruti Hiremath holds an LLM in global business laws from New York University, an LLM in corporate and financial services laws from National University of Singapore and a B.A., LLB (Hons.) from National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She is admitted to practice in India, England & Wales and the State of New York. She has also been a member of the Brussels Bar. She works in the competition law team at Slaughter and May in London, having previously worked with Allen & Overy LLP in London and 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.
Jacquie Hughes is an experienced journalist and academic whose career spans print, radio, television and includes more than a decade at the BBC, including as a Commissioning Editor. She has held senior management roles in the independent sector, and has practiced as a reporter, producer/director, executive producer and editor across all broadcast formats including live, documentaries, investigative current affairs and drama-documentaries. She has worked on strategy and standards at the BBC Trust, and authored various reports on the state of British media practice. She is a a visiting lecturer in Strasbourg, Bournemouth and Durham and sits on the social media action group of a number of civic institutions. She runs the Masters Journalism programme at Brunel University.
George Hwang is an intellectual property and media lawyer in Singapore. He has been involved in high-profile media cases in Singapore. The recent ones include: successfully defending a journalist’s right to keep his sources confidential in Singapore’s apex court, in the landmark case of Dorsey v World Sports Group (2014); defending blogger Roy Ngerng in a defamation suit brought by the Prime Minister of Singapore last year, Lee Hsien Loong v Roy Ngern, (2015); and advising the editors of “The Real Singapore” against a copyright infringement suit brought by Singapore Press Holdings for infringing more than 200 articles. His firm has been awarded Singapore’s “Boutique Entertainment and Media Law firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine for the second year running. He has taught Intellectual Property and Media Law in tertiary institutions in Bulgaria, the West Indies and in Singapore. LexisNexis has commissioned him to write the Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore’s inaugural volume on Media Law.
Vanja Jurić is a Croatian lawyer, specializing in media law. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb and continued her education by enrolling in the European Studies Masters Programme at the Faculty of Political Science. Vanja served as a Legal Assistant at the International Criminal Tribunal for ex Yugoslavia and in 2010 started her own law firm. She represents Croatian publishers, journalists and non-profit organizations. In 2015 Vanja participated in founding of the Center for Protection of Freedom of Expression, operating within the Croatian Journalists’ Association, where she continues to serve as a legal counsel.
Bianca Kabel is currently a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford, reading for the Bachelor of Civil Law. She holds a LLB (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, Australia, where she worked as a solicitor before coming to the UK. Bianca has extensive mooting experience, having competed at the national level and won at the international level during her undergraduate degree. She has also coached and assisted with the preparations of numerous mooting teams competing at national and international levels.
Alexander Kashumov is a human rights lawyer working in the field of access to information, freedom of expression, privacy and personal data protection since 1997. He is Head of the Access to Information Program – Bulgaria Legal Team. He has litigated hundreds of cases before national and international tribunals including the European Court of Human Rights (Kasabova, Idakiev, Sashov, Hadzhiev cases and amicus briefs on behalf of AIP). He is also author and co-author of five books, chapters in books, many analyses, articles, handbooks. Alexander Kashumov was recognized as “Attorney of the Year” in 2008 by the Legal World magazine.
Ahmed F. Khalifa is an Assistant Professor of Law at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He obtained his PhD in International Criminal Law from Poitiers University, France after finishing his LLM in Temple University, USA. For years Ahmed has served as a consultant with several UN organizations and the International Committee of the Red Cross on various issues of human rights, violence against women and International humanitarian law. He is the Deputy Secretary General of the International Association of Penal Law.
Fatma Khalifa is a Counsellor in the Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority and is an Adviser in the Judicial Department of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the latter role she is involved in cases concerning procedures before foreign courts and international tribunals. She holds an LLB from the English Section of Cairo University and an LLM in International Business Law from King’s College London. She is a former lecturer at the British University of Egypt, where she taught English business law. She has received numerous scholarships and awards, including the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to fund postgraduate study in the UK. She is one of three Egyptian women judges participating in a judicial training programme organized by the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford, funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Magna Carta Partnerships Fund.
Surendra Kumar is Master of Laws student in SOAS, University of London as Chevening Scholar specialising in international law and human rights. He was awarded an honours certificate from H.E. Judge Peter Tomka, President, International Court of Justice in recognition of outstanding performance. He is an advisor and trainer to schools in international law and foreign policy across Lucknow and Jaipur. He is founding President of ‘Foundation for Peace Studies and Diplomacy’ which seeks to promote international law and diplomatic understanding for better informed youths.
David Kwok is a DPhil candidate in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. He is a qualified lawyer in Australia and Hong Kong. He is a graduate of the Universities of New South Wales, Tsinghua and Oxford. In his legal practice, he specializes in arbitration matters including international commercial, maritime and energy arbitrations.
Linda Lakhdhir is a legal advisor in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, where she focuses on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. She is a former criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department in New York, where she served as coordinator of civil rights prosecutions and then as Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. She has taught U.S. criminal, constitutional, and civil rights law at Gakushuin University in Tokyo; served as the president of the Foreign Women Lawyers Association of Japan; and co-headed a program to provide pro bono legal services to foreign workers in Tokyo. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.
Wenlong Li is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on big data and data protection. He is currently a research assistant on advertising law and commercial communications. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Wenlong was previously a research fellow at the Center for Media Law Studies, a research associate at Tencent Research Institute, and an editor of Legal Theory in China. He earned his LLM (with distinction) from China University of Political Science and Law, where he had been trained in a cross-disciplinary programme in law and journalism. Wenlong is also an ex-mooter of Monroe E. Price Moot Court, and in 2014 he led his University team to the quarter-finals.
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.
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.
Heba Mansour is a judge of the Judicial Authority of Egypt, where she sits in the Family Court. Prior to her appointment to the Judicial Authority, she was an Administrative Prosecutor, where she was a member of international cooperation office. In this role she reviewed requests for international cooperation on corruption issues. She holds an LLB from the English Section of Cairo University and a Master’s Degree from the Arab Academy of Science and Technology. She is one of three Egyptian judges participating in a judicial training programme organized by the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford, funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Magna Carta Partnerships Fund.
Jonathan McCully is the Junior Legal Officer at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, an NGO that helps journalists, bloggers and media outlets around the world defend their rights. Jonathan is currently involved in strategic litigation on media and journalistic freedom before the European Court of Human Rights, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and a number of domestic courts around the world. He has also delivered training workshops on freedom of expression and media law to both lawyers and students. Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Trinity College Dublin in 2012, and completed a Masters of Laws in Information Technology, Media and Communications Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2013. He has published widely on freedom of expression, privacy, open justice, human rights and intellectual property.
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”.
Gregory Mappledoram is currently VP Legal, General Counsel & Company Secretary with executive management responsibilities within the Truphone group of companies which operates in twelve countries globally. Gregory joined Truphone in 2009 following twelve years in various in-house legal positions across IT / communications organisations including BT Plc. and Intec Plc. Gregory is a practising Solicitor in England & Wales and has an LLM in International and Comparative Business Law. Gregory is also a Notary Public dealing with all aspects of English notarial work.
Kaveh Moussavi is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS), University of Oxford. Kaveh 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 the Public Interest Law and Policy Programme of CSLS.
Rebecca Murtha is a Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, specialising in defamation and reputation management. She also advises clients on privacy, data protection, and crisis response issues.
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.
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.
Longe Oluwatoyin Oyindamola is a Legal Practitioner and Legal Officer at the Legal and Compliance Department of a corporate organization in Lagos, called KBL Insurance. She holds a LLB degree from the University of Lagos. She is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. A GFK Verein, Scholar with the prestigious School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Nigeria.
Egemen Ozhan is Director of Egemen Ozhan Legal Consultancy Ltd and a qualified media and e-discovery lawyer based in London. She received her LLB from the University of Ankara and was admitted to Istanbul Bar Association. She worked as a research assistant in Turkey during which time she was a visiting academic at the University of Oxford. .Before establishing her own law firm in London, Miss Ozhan worked for Dogan TV Holding AS, a leading media company based in Istanbul that owns CNN Turk and Kanal D TV channels.
Oliver Persey is a researcher in the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at Oxford University, where his work focuses on hate speech and dangerous speech. He read law at Oxford University before an LLM in International Legal Studies at New York University School of Law. At NYU he specialized in US constitutional law, particularly First Amendment law, and international human rights law. He is a moot court enthusiast, having represented NYU in the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme and the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition and Oxford University in the OUP-BPP Moot. He also set up the Oxford Legal Assistance Public Law Moot and the LSE-Featherstone Moot. He has worked for the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program.
Peter Petkoff is a Law Lecturer at the Brunel Law School. He is also Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, a collaborative international research network at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and Managing Editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He is Legal Consultant on Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression for the Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a TEPSA consultant of the European Parliament as well as a consultant for the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief at the House of Lords.
Oreste Pollicino is Professor of European Constitutional Law and Media Law, Bocconi University, Italy where he teaches Media Law and Constitutional Law and of Counsel of Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, a law firm leader in the TMT sector in Italy. He is author, or co-author of many books, including: Internet and Constitutional Law; Modeling the Liability of Internet service providers. Google versus Vividown : A Constitutional Perspective; Towards a Bill of Rights for Internet?; and the forthcoming Judicial Dialogue and Protection of Fundamentals Right in Internet: a Comparative Perspective..
Bamidele Popoola is studying for an LLM in International and Comparative Commercial Law at SOAS, University of London, where he recently led his team in arbitration moot. He is a barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and has practiced in leading commercial law firms. He works as a freelance editor at LexisNexis UK. Until recently, he was Executive Editor of the SOAS Law Journal. Bamidele has worked as a law reporter at the Guardian Newspapers, one of the most widely read newspapers in Nigeria. While at the newspaper, he covered the attempted murder trial of the newspaper’s editor by aide’s to the former Nigerian military leader, Sani Abacha. As an undergraduate, he was as student journalist and rose to become the Editor-in chief of the Kuti Hall Press Organisation at the University of Ibadan.
Zachary Press is a JD candidate at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is currently pursuing an LLM degree in French and European Law at Université de Paris I – Sorbonne. During his studies, he was a visiting academic at the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford. At PCMLP, he researched legal issues relating to hate speech online and incitement to violence. He is also a recipient of the Howard M. Squadron Fellowship in Law, Media and Society.
Lynn Pype obtained a Master in Law in June 2008 from the University of Ghent Belgium. In June 2009, she also obtained a complementary Masters degree in Economic Law from the ULB in Brussels. In October 2009, she undertook the LLM program at Queen Mary University in London, with a focus on Intellectual Property and Media Law. That same year, she participated in the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court International Rounds with the Queen Mary team.
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 Univrseity of Oxford’s Intellectual Property Research Centre and a research fellow at 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.
Bratin Roy is Legal Counsel at Ion Trading in London. He was previously Litigation Counsel at Google, and an IP litigator in private practice.
Sourav Roy is an LLM candidate at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Commonwealth Cambridge Shared Scholarship for the year 2015- 16 He was a member of the winning team at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court International Rounds in 2012. Sourav has a keen interest in comparative constitutional law, jurisprudence and policymaking concerning the right to privacy and free speech and the exercise of those rights in a technology driven landscape
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 companies such as Nikon, BlackBerry, eBay and Williams Formula One.
Sanya Samtani is a BCL student at the University of Oxford on the Rhodes scholarship. She completed her undergraduate degree in law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India where she has participated in a number of moot court competitions – including the South Asia rounds of the Oxford Price Media Law Moot in 2013. She was ranked 16th best oralist and was a quarter finalist in the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2015. She recently participated in running the Pathways to Law mooting workshop at Oxford, which introduces 6th form students to legal education through mooting. Her other areas of interest include comparative constitutional law, jurisprudence and political theory, and discrimination law.
Christopher Sargeant is currently completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge analysing how persons 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.
Pia Sarma is the Editorial Legal Director of Times Newspapers Limited, the publisher of The Times and The Sunday Times. She advises the Editors of both publications on all content issues and leads the litigation against the publications. In 2014, Pia was selected as one of the ten top in-house media lawyers in The Lawyer magazine’s Hot 100. She advised the titles during the Leveson inquiry and has worked closely with the industry and government on press regulation issues and on law reform affecting journalism and free speech.
Jixuan Si holds an LLM in international and comparative commercial law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He also holds an LLB from Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), China and was an exchange student in Soochow University, Taiwa,. He has served in Renmin Court in the Weidu District as a clerk and in Henan Junzhihe Law Firm as a paralegal.
Smita Shah has been a Barrister at Garden Court Chambers with a specialist practice in international human rights and humanitarian law. She has consulted on international projects both domestically and internationally in countries such as Nigeria, Myanmar, Occupied Palestinian Territory and Colombia with both civil society organisations and UN agencies such as UNDP and UNICEF. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University in 2011 and holds a Masters in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Columbia University, New York. She is currently on sabbatical from private practice.
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.
Mansi Sood is postgraduate student at the University of Oxford where she studies for the BCL . She is also a 2015 Rhodes Scholar. She graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India in 2015 with first-class honours and several medals including Best All Round Graduating Student. She has previously participated in several moot court competitions and most recently, she represented Oxford at the 11th ICC International Mediation Competition in Paris. Her primary interest lies in commercial law, particularly international commercial arbitration. She aims to continue her studies in Oxford, before building a career that combines legal practice with academia/policy work.
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.
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.
Rishika Taneja is an Indian qualified lawyer currently reading for the BCL at the University of Oxford where she is the recipient of the ‘Dr. Mrs. Ambriti Salve Scholarship’. In her pentultimate year of law school, she was among the youngest authors to have published a book on Privacy Law in India. Her interest in privacy and data protection law has led her to serve as a co-convenor of the OxPILS. Her wide array of internship experience in constitutional and commercial areas of law include the office of Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney General for India; Mr. Ranjit Kumar, Solicitor General of India; law firms such as Luthra & Luthra Law Offices and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Washington D.C.
Tarık Gökhan Tosun is a qualified Turkish lawyer and graduate of the İstanbul University Faculty of Law. He began to work at aninternational law firm in 1999 as a lawyer and he practiced media law, tax law, commercial law, intellectual property law and labor law. In this period he spent most of his time for Dogan Media Group which is is the one of the largest media groups in Turkey including Dogan Music Company, Kanal D, CNN Turk, Dream TV, and Dsmart. Since 2012 he has worked as an in-house lawyer at Dogan Media Group and he is head of Litigation Group.
Divya Venugopal is a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP, London. She graduated from NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad and holds an LLM with distinction from the London School of Economics.
Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. His publications include EDI and the Law (1989), Information Technology and the Law (1990), EDI Audit and Control (1993), Cross-border Electronic Banking (2nd ed., 2000), Telecommunications Law Handbook (1997), E-Commerce Law and Practice in Europe (2001), Media Law and Practice (2009), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (4th ed., 2012), Free and Open Source Software (2013) and Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2007, 2nd ed. forthcoming 2016). Ian has been involved in law reform projects for the World Ian leads Queen Mary’s qLegal initiative and is a principal investigator on the Cloud Legal Project.
Patrick Walsh is General Counsel of the ION Group, a market leader in the provision of financial technology solutions to industry, financial institutions and central banks worldwide. In addition to expertise in technology and intellectual property law, he has extensive experience in complex commercial and mass tort litigation. He is an attorney-at-law admitted to the New York Bar and holds the degree of Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from the Brooklyn Law School in New York.
Nathan Webb is a previous winner of the Best Oralist award at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. He holds a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge and an LLM from University College London.
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.
Alexander Willingham is a postgraduate student studying at BPP Law School for a MA. He holds an undergraduate LLB degree and an LL.M in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary, University of London, which focused heavily on Media and Privacy Law. He was a member of the Queen Mary Semi-Finalist team at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition International Rounds 2014, and sat on the Organising Committee in 2015. Xander has a strong interest in Media Law related concerns and is currently working for the Citizens Advice whilst seeking a training contract to qualify as a solicitor.
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.