The 2017 International Rounds of the 10th annual Price Media Law Moot Court Competition took place in Oxford, England on 3 – 7 April 2017.
This year we had 44 teams representing a diverse range of countries (including Australia, Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Iran Lithuania, Singapore, Philippines, Uganda, Kenya, USA etc) argued a complex Competition 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 this year especially. Competition culminated with the team from the Singapore Management University prevailing over the team from University of Oxford 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.
University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines QUARTER-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)
Lyceum of the Philippines- College of Law, Philippines
National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia OCTO-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
National Law Institute University, Bhopal, India
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Regent University, USA
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
University of International Business and Economics, China
University of Latvia, Latvia
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Teng Sheng Saw, Singapore Management University
BEST ORALIST RUNNER-UP
Maria Alexandra Austria, University of the Philippines Diliman
3rd Chen Wei Chia, Singapore Management University
4th Raya Grace Tan, University of the Philippines Diliman
5th Alex Benn, University of Oxford
6th Vincent Joseph Cesista, University of San Carlos
7th Unnati Ghia, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
8th Stephanie Marie Abigail Olea, University of San Carlos
9th Ioana Burtea, University of Oxford
10th Bhavesh Seth, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
BEST ORALIST IN THE FINAL
Teng Sheng Saw, Singapore Management University
Brooklyn Law School, USA
BEST MEMORIALS RUNNERS-UP
Vilnius University, Lithuania
JONATHAN BLAKE SPIRIT OF THE COMPETITION AWARD
Tobi Olowokure, University of Lagos
Allame Tabataba’i University, Iran
OTHER PARTICIPATING TEAMS (in alphabetical order)
Ain Shams University, Egypt
Allame Tabataba’i University, Iran
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, USA
BRAC University, Bangladesh
Brooklyn Law School, USA
Cairo University, Egypt
Columbia Law School, USA
Empire African Institute, Ghana
Eötvös Loránd University Budapest Faculty of Law, Hungary
Hainan University, China
Makerere University Kampala, Uganda
Moi University, Kenya
National University Odesa Law Academy, Ukraine
Notre Dame de Louaize University, Lebanon
Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada
Queen Mary University of London, UK
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya
University of Belgrade, Serbia
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
University of Edinburgh, UK
University of Lagos, Nigeria
University of Notre Dame, USA
University of Zagreb, Croatia
Vilnius University, Lithuania
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 is 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.
David Abel is the founding chairman and managing director of VerdeXchange -an environmental think tank, publisher, and clean and green technology event host (VerdeXchange.org). Mr Abel also founded in 1980 a California-based publisher and public policy consulting firm, ABL, Incorporated. Mr. Abel presently serves on, and chairs a number of boards, including: Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; the Urban Land Institute- LA; and New Schools Better Neighborhoods. He also lectured on regionalism at University of California, San Diego; and, chaired University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy’s Bd. Of Overseers. Mr. Abel formerly served on the corporate boards of both SuperShuttle International and Western Water Company; and in a civic capacity, chaired both CalStart (Advanced Transportation Incubator) and California’s Trust for Public Lands’ Advisory Board. By appointment he also was chairman of the California Assembly Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission to Consider Reforms of California’s Initiative Process & the Commission on State/Local Government Finance Reform. Mr. Abel has degrees from Claremont McKenna College (BA Economics); Occidental College (M.A. Urban Studies), Harvard Graduate School of Education (CAS and Ed.D. (ABT), Boston University (JD); and studied at the London School of Economics.
Sabah Albawi is the secretary general of Iraqi council of representatives, he has been extremely dynamic and instrument to the successful mobilization of journalists and civil society activists around issues relating to freedom of expression and human rights in Iraq. Previous university lecturer, juridical expert at research center of Iraqi parliament, director general of the juridical directorate there and nowadays is the general juridical representative of the parliament and secretary general of it.
Thiago Alves Pinto holds an LLB (Hons.) from Centro Universitário Curitiba (Brazil) and a Master’s 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 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”, and more recently contributed as an advisor for a study on Countering Extremism Online, organised by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Thiago is also a reviewer for the International Journal of Communication.
Andrea Ajibade is the Regional Coordinator for Price Media West Africa and also Country Representative (Nigeria) for the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, UK. She is a lecturer and doctoral candidate at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Nigeria, where she teaches legal methods and oil and gas law. She is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife, School of Oriental and African Studies, London and University of East London. Andrea is a member of the Bar of England and Wales and Middle Temple Inn of Court where she holds the Blackstone Prize, Exhibitioners’ Award and Montague Prize. She is a Barrister-Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and an External Associate with SPA Ajibade and Co, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria where she combines a consultancy practice with her teaching and research. Andrea is curious about media law and policy. She was the first to coach a team from UNILAG for the 9th Price Media Moot in 2016, which suffered a setback when her students were denied visas to travel to the United Kingdom. However, despite that disappointment Andrea participated as a judge and made efforts to acquire hosting rights for the West Africa Round of the competition at UNILAG. This first West Africa Regional Round of the Price Media Law Moot Competition was successfully hosted at UNILAG in February 2017.
Chinmayi Arun is Executive Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, where she is also an Assistant Professor of Law. She is a member of the Indian Government’s multi stakeholder advisory group for the India Internet Governance Forum and has been a consultant to the Law Commission of India. She is also a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University. Chinmayi has published academic papers on surveillance and the right to privacy in India, and on information gatekeeper liability in the context of internet intermediaries. She is lead author of the India country report in Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net report for 2014 and 2015, and of the India report in the Global Network of Centres’ study of online intermediaries. Chinmayi has studied at the NALSAR University of Law, and London School of Economics and Political Science. At the LSE, she read regulatory theory and new media regulation, and was awarded the Bernard Levin Award for Student Journalism. She has worked with Ernst & Young and AZB & Partners, Mumbai in the past, and has taught at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences where she introduced courses on regulatory theory and communication regulation. She teaches courses on information policy and Internet Governance at National Law University Delhi.
David Attfield is a respected media lawyer with over 20 years experience gained in leading law firms and at the BBC. Since September 2014, David has headed the BBC’s Programme Legal Advice Department and gives pre-publication advice across the BBC’s output including on programmes such as Panorama and Have I Got News For You. Prior to his current role, David worked for around 10 years in the BBC’s Litigation Department, defending the corporation in substantial libel claims (Mori v BBC; Taranissi v BBC) and acting in leading cases concerning open justice and the independence of journalists. David’s private practice experience was gained at Lovells and Olswang where he acted for Guardian Newspapers, Northern and Shell and Marks & Spencer among others in substantial media cases. David is an active committee member of the Media Lawyers Association
Rob Balin is a media law partner at Davis Wright Tremaine in New York. For three decades Rob has been providing courtroom representation and media law counselling to news organizations, broadcasters, publishers, journalists and NGOs on matters involving freedom of expression, libel, privacy and copyright. Rob co-chairs the International Bar Association’s Media Law Committee and frequently writes on international media law issues. He also teaches media law to the next generation as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School. Rob currently serves as a board member of the Media Law Resource Center’s Defense Counsel Section. He is also a board member of the MLRC Institute and immediate past chair of the MLRC International Media Law Committee.
Surya Banerjee is currently on the Master of Science in Law and Finance program at Oxford. Prior to Oxford, he was a Corporate/M&A attorney in India. He was actively involved in mooting in law school, winning individual and team awards at several national and international moot court competitions, such as the Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna. He has also judged several competitions since graduating from law school, including the Willem C. Vis Moot in Hong Kong.
Dr. Joan Barata is an international expert in freedom of expression, media freedom and media regulation. He provides regular assistance to different international organizations and entities, including the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Broadcasting Union, the Organization of American States, UNESCO and USAID among others. Dr. Barata is an affiliate to the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights at European University Viadrina.
Tahir Basheer is an entertainment and technology partner at the leading entertainment and media law firm Sheridans. His practice has a particular focus on the convergence of creative content and technology, advising a range of corporate and private clients within the UK and abroad on everything from the development of new business models and distribution channels, through to the management, exploitation and protection of their trademarks and brands. Tahir’s clients include international corporate entities, start-up technology companies, creative and digital agencies, entrepreneurs, social media talent, high net-worth individuals, musicians, designers and creative industry management teams. Tahir is a guest lecturer at Queen Mary University and Berklee College of Music and has appeared as a judge on various Technology Strategy Board competitions. He is also a Global board member on the Fund for Global Human Rights and a trustee for the Mobo Trust.
Anna Beke-Martos is a lawyer specilaizing in intellectual property, media and entertainment law. She leads her own independent legal practice in Budapest, Hungary, which she established at the age of 26. She represents a broad range of international clients in both transactional and contentious cases in the film, TV, music, theatre, software and other creative industries, drawing on experience she gained in New York, London, Warsaw, Vienna and Stuttgart. She has taught media law at the University of Film and Theatre Arts and advocacy at ELTE Law School in Budapest. She competed at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and later coached teams for various international competitions. She has acted as a moot court judge i.a. in Washington D.C., Paris, Milan and Vienna. She studied law in 5 jurisdictions and she is fluent in 6 languages.
Ben Beaumont has been a barrister since 1978. He is Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member of CIARB PANEL of Arbitrators; adjudicators, Trained Mediator – CEDR, formerly Non executive Director RIBA Enterprises; Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Corporate Panel Member of the Dispute Board Federation (Geneva), Member of TECBAR (Technology & Construction Bar Association) www.tecbar.org Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Dispute Board Panelist of TECBAR, Adjudicator Dispute Board Federation (Geneva), FIDIC listed Adjudicator, Chairman of Arbitration Club, Panel Member WIPO, Accredited Dispute Board Trainer – The Dispute Board Federation (Geneva), Past Chair of the Adjudication Society.
He is an Author and co-author of various books on dispute resolution. He is a speaker on all aspects of Dispute resolution. He is also the Founding Chairman of FICACIC www.ficacic.com an international alternative dispute resolution body, an Observer at UNCITRAL since 2002. Co-drafter of various standard form contracts for the International Trade Centre since 2001. He was a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1982 -1998. He was a former member of the Membership and subsequently Education and Training committee, Chairman Public Relations Committee and Member of Executive Committee and also a member of various ad hoc committees. He was an original Member of Arthur Marriott Working Group leading to the creation of Arbitration Act 1996.
Jon 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.
Elan Blutinger is a long-time resident of Washington, D.C., and has been a Managing Director of Alpine Consolidated, LLC, a merchant bank focused on emerging entrepreneurial companies. He has served on the board of and founded multiple publicly-traded travel technology companies in the US and the UK including Hotels.Com. He currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Washington, DC based, AudioNow, the world’s largest call-to-listen mobile broadcasting technology platform serving 5,000+ global and regional broadcasters. Mr. Blutinger served as a National Finals judge for 5 years for “We The People” a national competition among publicly-funded schools in the 50 states focusing on pressing questions of constitutional governance. He served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Washington International School in Washington, D.C. He is a board member of the Hirondelle USA foundation dedicated to open and sustainable media access particular in conflict zones. He served as Vice-Chairman of Our Time.Org, a bipartisan youth advocacy group focused on political engagement for millennial of voting age. He holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from American University and an M.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Nicolas Bratza, graduate of Oxford University, was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn (of which he is a Bencher) in 1969 and practised as a barrister specialising in commercial, public and human rights law. He was appointed as a Junior Counsel to the Crown in 1978 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1988. In 1993 he was elected as the United Kingdom member of the European Commission of Human Rights. In 1998 he was appointed a judge of the High Court and elected as the first United Kingdom judge of the permanent European Court of Human Rights. In the same year, he was elected as one of the Section Presidents of the Court and in 2007 was elected as one of the Court’s two Vice-Presidents. In 2011 he was elected as President of the Court, a post he held until his retirement from the Court and from the High Court in October 2012. He is a member of the International Commission of Jurists, Chairman of the British Institute of Human Rights and a member of the Boards of the Helen Bamber Foundation and of the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva. He holds Honorary Doctorates of the Universities of Essex and Glasgow. He is an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford and an Honorary Bencher of Kings Inns, Dublin.
Kirsty Brimelow is the head of the Doughty Street’s International Human Rights Team. She is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn. She specialises in international human rights, criminal law and public international law. Kirsty is an experienced trial barrister. She has defended defendants and acted for Claimants as a junior and then as Queen’s Counsel before the Criminal, Civil courts, Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court in England and Wales, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, Courts Martial and Courts of Appeal in the Caribbean, the Court of Appeal in the British Virgin Islands, the European Court of Human Rights and the High Court in Gibraltar. Kirsty frequently advises before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the ECOWAS court in Abuja Nigeria, the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, the Courts of Colombia and the UN judicial processes and International Criminal Court. She has represented two Chief Justices and one former President. She headed a team proposing FGM protection orders and worked upon the drafting of the legislation.
Kirsty defended in the first murder case in the UK where the defence was heard “in camera” on grounds of national security. She defended in the first “juryless trial” in England and Wales. Kirsty is a consultant to Unicef Nigeria in child rights and an accredited mediator. .She is facilitating dialogue between San José de Apartadó Comunidad de Paz and the Colombian government and working to support the peace process Kirsty is a regular legal commentator in the media and writes for The Times.
Paolo Cavaliere is a Lecturer in Digital Media and IT Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School, where he teaches courses in telecommunications law, international and European media law, freedom of speech, and electronic commerce law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Paolo is currently a member of SCRIPT, a law and technology research centre based in the School of Law within the University of Edinburgh, a research associate at the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and a non-resident research fellow of the Central European University’s Center for Media, Data and Society.
Further to his academic activity, he is admitted to the Bar in Italy (non-practising) and has provided expertise on telecommunications and media law to a range of NGOs and international organisations, including the African Union’s Mission to Somalia and the Council of Europe among others.
Kristina Cendic holds a PhD in media law, dealing with freedom of expression, defamation and online sphere. Kristina worked as Annenberg Local Program Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina and managed all media law and policy activities within the project in B-H. Kristina is currently working with several law faculties in B-H which organize workshops on freedom of expression, and she is also conducting trainings for high school students in Serbia regarding the position of children and minors on social networks.
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.
David Cheifetz LLB Osgoode Law School (Canada) 1975; LLM University of Toronto 2012; Bar Memberships: 1977 Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario, Canada; 2013 Law Society of British Columbia, Canada; MSt (Legal Research) candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, 2017. Member of St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. Almost 40 years of trial and appellate experience in Canada primarily on behalf of property and casualty insurers or their insureds and other institutional clients. Author of: leading articles, in Canada, on causation and comparative fault (contribution, contributory fault, apportionment) in tort and other tort issues; Cheifetz “Apportionment of Fault in Tort” (1981) which is still cited in Canadian judgments; other civil procedure and insurance issues. Generally recognized as one of the Canadian legal profession’s experts on causation and comparative fault (contribution, contributory fault, apportionment) in tort. Occasional contributor and speaker at continuing legal education conferences on insurance and tort issues.
Antonina Cherevko is a Law Reform Adviser and Project Manager with the International Media Support (IMS). She has been with IMS since 2008 leading programs and initiatives in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Cherevko is a respected human rights lawyer with a deep knowledge of the Eurasia politics and media sector. She is a member of the Independent Media Council in Ukraine. Cherevko has over 10 years of professional experience in international development field, and before IMS she worked with IREX and OSCE in Kyiv, Ukraine. She was a participant in the 2010 Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute and performed as one of the judges at the oral rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition throughout 2011-2016. Cherevko holds an MA in Law from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and is currently enrolled in the part-time MSt course in International Human Rights Law of the University of Oxford. Cherevko speaks fluent English, Ukrainian, and Russian, communicates in French, and understands Belarusian and Polish.
Jonathan Cockfield is a fourth seat trainee in the dispute resolution team of Gibson Dunn’s London office. He read law at Oriel College, Oxford and completed my LL.M at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn he was the Parliamentary Assistant to a Government minister and lectured on the law of equity and trusts at King’s College London.
André Coore is a Legal Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica where he advises on a range of international law issues. He holds a B.Sc. and an LLB with honours from the University of Technology, Jamaica and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Barbados as well as a Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica. He was an Adjunct Tutor at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona where he coached teams participating in various moot court competitions including the Price Media Law Moot Court. He is currently pursuing an LLM in Public International Law at University College London (UCL).
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.
Ian Cram is Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law with an especial interest in freedom of expression controversies.Recent publications include Citizen Journalists (Edward Elgar, 2016) and ‘Amending the Constitution’ (2015) Legal Studies. In 2014 he acted as an adviser to the Law Commission in its work on (i) Scandalising the Court (ii) Contempt of Court. Ian is the series editor for the latest edition of Borrie & Lowe, The Law of Contempt 4th edn. He has also appeared before the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee to give evidence on (i) Cabinet Manual and (ii) The case for a written constitution.
Richard Danbury practised, briefly, as a criminal barrister 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. He was a fellow of Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, before embarking on a masters and a doctorate which studied the position of institutional journalism and journalists in English law, both from a doctrinal and theoretical point of view. He continues to be interested both in the legal position of the institutional media, and in questions of comparative freedom of speech, privacy, and intellectual property, particularly in an on-line environment, both in respect of the institutional media and more generally. To this end, he has been a researcher on the Ranking Digital Rights project, and a post-doctoral researcher at Cambridge University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL). He is the principal lecturer in the Channel 4 MA in investigative journalism at De Montfort University in Leicester. He remains a consultant at Oxford’s Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy, and an associate of CIPIL at Cambridge.
Francesca Fanucci is a lawyer in international and EU law, specialising in freedom of expression and comparative media law. She is a member of Internews’ Internet Freedom Expert Register and has consulted, inter alia, for the American Bar Association, 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. 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.
Gemmo Fernandez obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 2016. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics in Finance from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2011. His Juris Doctor thesis dealt on the issue of the regulation of online hate speech. He also received the Froilan Bacungan Prize for Freedom of Expression from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 2016 for his research on Philippine intermediary liability. Gemmo was part of the Philippine team that won the Price Moot Court Competition in 2015. He also represented his school in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2014, in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court in 2015, and in the International Criminal Court Moot Competition in 2016.
Pauline Gairanod received her law degree from the University of the Philippines in 2016. Her team emerged as the over-all champion of the 2015 Price Media Law Moot Court International Rounds where she was also awarded Best Speaker of the Finals and 4th Best Speaker in the Top Ten. That same year, her team also won the Asia Pacific rounds. Prior to that, she was awarded the Justice Ines Luciano Best Mooter Prize in the Philippine rounds of the International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition. She is presently an underbar associate of Villaraza and Angangco Law.
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is a barrister specialising in public law, human rights and media law. Many of her cases are high-profile and sensitive, such as acting for bereaved families and survivors of the 7/7 London bombings, and in the Hillsborough inquests; and acting for national media organisations in the Gareth Williams and Jordan Lee Begley inquests. Caoilfhionn regularly acts for media organisations, journalists and NGOs in free speech and newsgathering cases. She has acted in many of the leading ‘open justice’ and reporting restriction cases in England and Wales in recent years, including R v. Huckle (dubbed Britain’s ‘worst paedophile’) and various proceedings concerning the unexplained death of baby Poppi Worthington. She is experienced in the use of the UN’s special procedures to raise concerns for detained journalists and peaceful protestors worldwide, and currently represents clients detained or subjected to other restrictions due to their journalism in Turkey, Egypt, and Azerbaijan. In 2016 she was named by the Irish Times as one of the 100 most influential Irish women living abroad and she was awarded the Human Rights and Public Law junior of the year by Chambers and Partners, She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017.
Dr Lieve Gies is an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester. Her main research area concerns the relationship between law and various media. Current research interests include the representation of human rights law in the British and European press and the use of social media in miscarriage of justice campaigns. She is author of Mediating Human Rights: Media, Culture and Human Rights Law (2014) (Abingdon: Routledge) and Law and the Media: The Future of an Uneasy Relationship (2008) (London: Routledge-Cavendish). She recently co-edited (with M. Bortoluzzi) Transmedia Crime Stories: The Trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the Globalised Media Sphere (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). In January 2017, she took up a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to research ‘Coverage of human rights law in European newspapers: A comparative analysis’.
Clive Gringras has been a partner at Olswang since 2000 and is its Head of Technology. He is an international-facing contentious and commercial technology lawyer working with Global 100 companies. Clive is trusted by these companies on high-stakes matters ranging from first-of-a-kind litigation to technology-rich cross-border transactions. He is particularly experienced working with US tech companies looking to rollout their technology and e-commerce offerings across EMEA and on the practical implications of data protection and privacy legislation.He was awarded Microsoft’s inaugural Law Firm Leader of the Year. Clive is also a well-respected commentator; his book, The Laws of the Internet, now in fourth edition, is the only UK judicially-acclaimed text on the subject. He is on the Editorial Board of Westlaw’s Computer & Telecommunications Law Review. Clive co-wrote the best-selling computer game, Elite, for the ARM-based computer, the Archimedes.
Olga Grygorovska obtained her first Master’s degree in international law in Ukraine. After which she worked on high-profile cases as a leading expert in the Office of the Government Agent before the European Court of Human Rights where she received an award of Ministry of Justice of Ukraine for individual achievements in performance of democracy and law governed state development, and excellent performance of official duties. While working at the OSCE Rule of Law Unit she coordinated development of distance learning courses on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights for judges in Ukraine. Whilst reading for the LLM degree in Human Rights Law at Queen Mary University of London she worked as a legal intern at European Human Rights Advocacy Centre conducting legal research on wide range of topics and was actively involved in the ongoing cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Currently she works as a Reporter for Oxford University Press.
Dominic C Harrison Before moving to London to work at Channel 4’s award winning Legal and Compliance Department in 2006, Dominic was a partner in the top rated litigation department in Scotland. Dominic has advised on a diverse range of programmes and films including many Dispatches and Unreported Worlds, and the Sri Lanka Killing Fields series, Escape from Isis , The Murder Trial, The Paedophile Hunter, Cyberbully, Spies ,Walking the Americas. The role played by and the expertise of lawyers in the Legal and Compliance Department is crucial to assisting Channel 4 in producing innovative, challenging and yet defensible programmes. They are brought in to advise creatively at the early stages of projects across every department and genre and have evolved a way of working with editors and programme makers designed to push the boundaries, achieve the Channel’s creative imperatives and not leave the Corporation vulnerable to successful regulatory or legal challenge. The department’s reputation as enablers means they are trusted by programme makers, editors and across the industry.
Letícia Haertel has a vast experience on moots courts. She was awarded, amongst others, 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 represented her university at the American and International rounds of the Price Media Law Moot. She is currently a recipient of the DAAD “Junge Juristen aus Brasilien” scholarship and pursues a double-degree 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 University of São Paulo.
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 and the State of New York. She has also been a member of the Brussels Bar. She presently 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.
Pádraig Hughes is Legal Director at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, an organisation that litigates cases on behalf of journalists, bloggers and independent media around the world. Previously he worked at a law firm in London specialising in international human rights law, international humanitarian law and public law, at an NGO litigating cases involving extraordinary rendition, torture, arbitrary detention, and discrimination, and as a barrister practising criminal law and refugee law. He holds an MA, MLitt (Dub.) and LLB (Lond.) and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales, and the Bar of Ireland.
Deepak Jacob is President & General Counsel of Star TV group in India, as such, he is responsible for all legal & regulatory matters that impact Star’s businesses in India. He also manages the government relations portfolio along with the CEO for Star and is the point person for all policy and strategic matters involving the government of India & the regulators. As a lawyer, he has rich and varied work experience across a variety of industry sectors such as Media, Telecom, Information Tech and ecommerce businesses. Deepak is one of the members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) constituted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, for the phase-wise implementation of the digitalization roadmap of the cable TV sector in India. He is also nominated on the Board of Broadcast Content Complaint Council (BCCC), which is the self-regulatory body, for regulation of content for non-news and current affairs television channels in India.
Marko Jurić is an assistant professor at the Department for Legal Informatics at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. Dr. Jurić teaches several courses at the University of Zagreb, including Internet Governance and Regulation, Electronic Media Law, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity, Introduction to Information Security and Privacy and Electronic Communications. He is also visiting lecturer at the postgraduate programme in intellectual property and IT law, organized by the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty. Dr. Jurić is the member of the managing board of the Croatian Copyright Society. He is also current president of the Council of Experts for the Remunerations in the Field of Copyright and Related Rights in the Republic of Croatia. He coached University of Zagreb PMLMC teams in 2015 and 2016.
David Kanaan is currently an LLM student at SOAS concentrating in international comparative commercial law with a dissertation in copyright. In addition, David is a managing editor of the SOAS Law Journal and Blog. Prior to studying at SOAS, David worked as an attorney in New York City dealing mostly with administrative and real estate law matters. He completed his BA in Philosophy from Union college where he served as Editor in Chief of the Ephemeris philosophy journal. David went to Law School at Pace University in New York where he received a Juris Doctor with a certification in International Law. During law school, he clerked for multiple judges including the Appeals Chamber at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Mukhtar Karim is in-house Legal Counsel at MBNL, a telecommunications joint venture between Hutchison 3G and EE Limited where he is responsible for the delivery of Hutchison 3G’s 4G delivery program and the Emergency Services Contract for the world’s first use of a commercial 4G network for by emergency services personnel. Prior to joining MBNL, Mukhtar worked at top 50 firms in the City of London advising clients such as Google Inc and Land Securities. Mukhtar Karim has facilitated globally on leadership development programs in North America, Europe and Africa and engages in political engagement programs to get marginalised constituents better represented in the political process. He is a certified MBTI practitioner and leads social activism workshops with High School students.
Sophie Kay is a Paralegal at Himsworths Legal, a Media and Sports law firm. She assists clients on matters relating to media law – including libel, privacy and copyright, as well assisting retained clients with contractual, dispute resolution, social media and other matters. Sophie is a Jules Thorn Scholar of The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, and undertook the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Law School, following on from her LL.B. (Hons) at the University of Bristol. As a Vocalise volunteer, Sophie has taught prisoners at H.M.P Send and H.M.P Feltham Parliamentary debating, and is currently a Workshop Volunteer for The Schools Consent Project. She is also on the committee (Membership Secretary) for Human Rights Network. Sophie worked as the Editorial Assistant to Sir David Eady and Patricia Londono on the fifth edition of ‘Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt’, and has authored articles discussing human rights and topical media law issues for the NGO ‘Right for Education’, and for Inforrm.
David Kwok is a DPhil candidate in Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford. He is qualified as a lawyer in Australia and Hong Kong. He is a law graduate of the universities of Hong Kong, Tsinghua, and Oxford.
Linda Lakhdhir is a legal advisor in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch focusing on the criminalization of speech and assembly in the region. In that capacity, she has analysed laws restricting speech and assembly in countries including Malaysia, India, Singapore, and Myanmar. She is a former criminal prosecutor for the US 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.
Xenia Lapin is a postgraduate legal professional with broad international experience in banking and financial markets. She achieved a Mag. Iur. (combined degree LLB and LLM) specialized in Banking and Insurance Law at the University of Vienna and is now an MSc in Law and Finance candidate at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford Xenia Lapin was working as a Legal Counsel at the department for Legislative and International Affairs at the Austrian Financial Market Authority. Furthermore, she has working experience in Russia, Czech, and Austria in major international Law firms with a focus on international corporate law, finance, competition and antitrust law.
Yin Harn Lee is a Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Sheffield. Prior to joining the University of Sheffield, she completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2015 on the topic of copyright law and videogame modifications. She was also previously a Senior Research Associate within CREATe, the RCUK-funded centre for copyright and business models in the creative economy, on a project examining the relationship between copyright and freedom of expression. Dr Lee’s research interests lie mainly in intellectual property law, especially copyright. She also coaches teams for the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, and has previously acted as a judge for the national rounds of the International Humanitarian Law Moot and the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition.
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.
Gregory Mappledoram is a seasoned General Counsel and Executive with global operating experience, currently advising a facilities management company but with primary expertise in the technology arena, particular communications and fintech.
Victoria McEvedy is an experienced litigator and a media and IP specialist, dealing with all issues relevant to copyright, trade marks and domain names and other IP and also data and software. Victoria also focuses on all aspects of media law, including libel and privacy and data protection and the self and co-regulatory codes. She advises clients on proposed publications and broadcasts, and also provides pre-publication advice to media clients, including various national newspapers. She has a niche practice in London and is a specialist in the liability of internet intermediaries and digital content online more generally. She was recognized as a Leading Individual in Digital Media by Chambers 2013. Victoria is dual qualified and has practised in New York as well as London and Hong Kong.
Joshua McGeeghan is currently reading for the BCL at Worcester College Oxford. Previously he worked as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills in Australia as well as working as a Judge’s associate in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia. His mooting experience includes both participating in, and coaching for, the Jessup International Law Moot, various trial advocacy competitions and constitutional law competitions.
Lakshmi Menon is reading for the BCL at Oxford on a Commonwealth Scholarship, having graduated in law from The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, India. She was an avid mooter / debater (read parliamentary debates) and MUNner throughout law school and was fortunate to participate in over 12 moots, including the Philip J. Jessup International Moot Court Competition and the South-Asian rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot in Beijing, China. She was also part of the winning team at the inaugural edition of the RMNLU International Media Law Moot held in 2014 and was adjudged the Best Oralist at the national-level competition.
Victoria Miyandazi is currently pursuing a DPhil in law at the University of Oxford. Her DPhil research focuses on the conceptualisation, interpretation and application of competing and interrelated conceptions of equality with a specific emphasis on Kenya’s 2010 Constitution. She recently completed an MPhil in law and Bachelor of Civil Law, still at the University of Oxford. Victoria also holds an LL.B. degree from Kenyatta University where she graduated top of her class with first class honours. She is a Rhodes Scholar and currently an Editor of the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog.
Kay Murray is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Institute of International Education. She has practiced law in New York City for more than 25 years. For six years, Kay was a commercial litigator. Since 1994, she has served as in-house counsel at a variety of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, including the Authors Guild, an association of professional writers, Tribune, a major media company, and the Open Society Foundations, a network of international grant-making and operating foundations. She is the co-author of “The Writers Legal Guide” (4th ed., 2012). Kay received her J.D. from Northwestern University Law School, and her B.A. in English Literature from Xavier University.
Rebecca Murtha is a Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. She specialises in defamation, privacy, harassment and information law issues. She advises corporations and individuals in respect of their dealings with the media and public, both online and in the press.
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.
Dr Harjinder S. Obhi is Senior Director, Litigation at Google where he has been employed since 2006. Worked on many Google litigation cases worldwide in which principles of freedom of expression including the right to receive and impart information are central, such as: Costeja v Google (C-131/12) in which the CJEU introduced the so called “right to be forgotten”. Over 20y legal experience: Senior Legal Counsel EMEA & APAC at Network General (now NetScout); Bristows law firm; Solicitor (qualified 1997); trained at LovellWhiteDurrant (now HoganLovells) law firm. Formerly: experimental physicist, PhD in superconductivity from Cambridge University.
Margaret O’Brien is a 3rd Year Doctoral Candidate at SOAS, University of London, researching the possibility of hybrid legal form emerging in the Chakma customary legal system in Bangladesh and India. Prior to joining SOAS she was a Departmental Director in UK Local Government, most recently being Head of Operations at Shelter, the housing charity, and the largest single provider of legal aid funded housing services in the UK.
Mattias Neuenschwander obtained his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich in 1985. After four years as a Project engineer in sub-saharan Africa and in the USA he joined the Contractor Losinger Inc., Switzerland, where he was a Project Manager on infrastructure projects until 1995. He then co-owned a design office until 1999, specialising in civil engineering design and supervision. From 1999 to 2005 he was the Engineer under the Contract of the Bodio sector of the Gotthard Base Tunnel (Switzerland, 57km, longest railway tunnel of the World), with Lombardi Engineering, Ltd. From 2005 to 2013 he was first a member of the Board and then the Managing Director of Lombardi, and an associate professor for Project Management with the Accademy of Architecture, Mendrisio, Switzerland. In 2014 he founded his own company, Neuenschwander Consulting Engineers, based in Bellinzona, Switzerland. The company specialises in infrastructure projects, procurement, contracting and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Since 2006 Matthias Neuenschwander serves as a Board member of the Swiss Tunnelling Society, representing Switzerland in the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, Working Group 3 (Contractual Practices). He currently chairs the joint FIDIC-ITA Task Group 10, entrusted with the drafting of a new Contract Form for Underground Works. Matthias is a Mediator, an Arbitrator and an Adjudicator for Construction Contracts, and a door tenant with Thomas More Chambers, London, UK. In 2016 he served as an Arbitrator at the FDI Moot in Buenos Aires.
Maha Omar is currently working as a demonstrator in the faculty of law in the British University in Egypt. She graduated from the French department of the faculty of law, Ain shams University in 2015. Ms. Omar holds a master degree in Public and International Law from Jean Moulin-Lyon III University. She has also been a member of the team representing Ain Shams University in Price media law moot court competition in 2015. During college, Ms. Maha has participated in extra curriculum activities such as simulation models of the European court of Human Rights as well as the United Nations as a member and a president of the academic committee.
Kate O’Regan is the inaugural Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, which will open in a new building at Mansfield College in September 2017. She served as one of the first judges of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 – 2009 and as an ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court of Namibia from 2010 – 2016. From 2008 – 2012, Kate served as the inaugural chairperson of the United Nations Internal Justice Council, a body established to ensure independence, professionalism and accountability in the internal system of justice in the UN. She is also President of the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal (since 2011), a member of the World Bank Sanctions Board (since 2012) and a member of the IAAF Ethics Board (since 2016). She is an honorary bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and the recipient of six honorary degrees. She has also served on the boards of many NGOs working in the fields of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and equality.
Egemen Ozhan is Director of Egemen Ozhan Legal Consultancy Ltd, a qualified media and e-discovery lawyer based in London. Miss Ozhan received her LL.B from the University of Ankara and was admitted to Istanbul Bar Association. She worked as a research assistant in Turkey during which time she visited the University of Oxford, Institute of European and Comparative Law as an Academic Scholar and published numerous articles on International Comparative Law. Before establishing her own law firm in London, she worked for Dogan TV Holding AS, a leading media company based in Istanbul having the ownerships of CNN Turk and Kanal D TV channels. During that time she published an academic study titled “The Contracts in Turkish Law With Regard To Publishing of Literary And Artistic Works on Radio and Television”. Currently she is working as a media and e-discovery lawyer, focusing on internet law, digital forensics, criminal investigations, data protection and privacy law.
Gillian Phillips is the Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited (publishers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers and theguardian.com). She was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor in 1984 with the law firm Coward (now Clifford) Chance. She 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 more recently the HSBC files and the Panama Papers. She also sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge and co-authors the University of Law Employment Law handbook. She is a non-resident fellow of the Centre for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University School of Public Policy and holds an honorary law doctorate from London South Bank University.
David Price has been a solicitor and advocate for over 20 years and has been the lead advocate in a number of key cases that have shaped the law of defamation and privacy. David consistently tops the rankings of media lawyers in both the Chambers and Legal 500 guides. Peers recognise his frequent involvement in ground-breaking matters, describing this as doing his best to reform defamation law through his own cases. Having made his name as a claimant lawyer, a Times survey once revealed that over 50% of media lawyers would choose him first if they were ever libelled. David’s passion is defending freedom of expression for a wide variety of clients. An important focus for him has been to provide the means for individuals without substantial resources to defend themselves when they are on the receiving end of defamation or privacy claims.
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.
Md Monzur Rabbi is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and upon receiving a Fulbright Scholarship from the Government of USA, he is currently pursuing an LL.M. in International Arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law, Florida, USA. Monzur is also qualified as a Barrister in England and Wales (Unregistered in UK) and was called by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in Michaelmas, 2014. He has more than 05 (five) years of experience as a legal practitioner and he works as a Partner of “Rahman & Rabbi Legal”, a law chambers based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His main areas of practice include international arbitration, corporate, commercial, telecommunication, and international trade. Monzur did his pupillage in Bangladesh under the supervision of Mr. Ajmalul Hossain QC, the first Queen’s Counsel in England of Bangladeshi origin and also a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Monzur has so far worked in a number of national and international arbitrations and he has the experience of appearing before international commercial arbitral tribunals as a junior to Mr. Hossain QC. Monzur was a participant of the 4th Price Media Law Moot Court Competition 2011 held at University of Oxford, UK.
Jacob Rowbottom is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Oxford and Fellow of University College, Oxford. He writes widely on issues relating to freedom of speech, media law and political participation. He is the author of Democracy Distorted (2010).
Sanya Samtani is an MPhil candidate at Magdalen College, funded by the Rhodes Trust. She is on the committee for Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) 2016-2017. She is writing her thesis on the constitution-making process of India, particularly focusing on the concept of fraternity. Her areas of interest are public international law, constitutional law, equality law, and human rights law. Prior to the MPhil, she completed the BCL at Oxford and her B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NALSAR University of Law, India.
Laura Scaife is a data privacy, cyber and social media solicitor. She advises an enviable range of FTSE 100 clients who consistently praise her pragmatic advice on some of the UK’s most significant and innovative data projects. In addition to her role as Managing Director of Datultacy, she is a PhD candidate. She is also the author of The Handbook of Social Media and the Law described as “the seminal text in the area”, “an “expertly written book” and concludes that “this text is going to be a hugely influential ‘must –have’. Regularly sought out to speak at industry seminars, she has also appeared on the BBC Radio 4 and Channel 4. Her most recent book #Terror: Social Networks as the New Frontier of Terrorism, was published in January 2017. She has been featured in The Lawyer Magazine as a “star legal writer” and was named as “the one to watch” in the Cambridge Judge Business School and LexisNexis – Achievements of Women in Law 2015.
Chen Siyuan (LLB (NUS); LLM (Harvard)) is an Assistant Professor of Law with SMU specialising in evidence and procedural law. He has published in journals such as the International Journal of Evidence & Proof and Civil Justice Quarterly. Recent book publications include The Law of Evidence in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell: 2016), Civil Procedure in Singapore (Wolters Kluwer: 2016), and Singapore Family Law Procedure (LexisNexis: 2017). At NUS, Siyuan was part of the 2007 Jessup team that reached the semifinal of the international rounds. He started the moot programme in SMU in 2010 and since then SMU has been to almost 40 international championship finals, including the Jessup (2013 and 2014), Vis (2015 and 2016), Vis East (2015 and 2016), Price (2010, 2015, and 2016), and International Criminal Court (2015 and 2016) competitions.
Michael Skrein is a senior partner at international law firm Reed Smith LLP. He is a litigator and has for many years specialised in a variety of aspects of media law. His cases often have a cross-border, multi-jurisdictional flavour. Michael holds Master’s degrees from the Universities of Oxford and of Southern California.
Martin Smith is an award-winning Journalist of 29 years experience as agency reporter, Chief Reporter, Sports Editor, Features Editor of the Sheffield Star. Also Lifestyle magazine editor and covered sport for all major national newspapers.
Now freelance journalist and Senior Journalism Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University on undergraduate and post-graduate teaching programmes with specialisms in Sport, features, ethics and law. Also taught journalism at Brunel University, Huddersfield University, Nottingham Trent and University of Sheffield.
Rachael Craufurd Smith Reader, School of Law, University of Edinburgh (2000 to date). A qualified solicitor (non-practising), Rachael previously worked as European Officer and Senior Policy Adviser at the BBC (1992 and 1993-1994); FellowTrinity College, Oxford, (1994-1998), and Oxford University Lecturer and Fellow in Law at Corpus Christi and St. John’s Colleges (1998-1999). Rachael teaches Media Law, EU Regulation of Culture and the Mass Media, Advertising Law, and International and European Media Law (LLM). She teaches a specific seminar on sources and whistleblower protection and currently supervises a dissertation on the topic. Rachael’s research focuses on media law and fundamental rights. She has a particular interest in media ethics post-Leveson. She headed the Edinburgh University team on the EU FP7 funded Mediadem project (2010-2013), examining the freedom and independence of the media in fourteen European states. Together with Yolande Stolte, Rachael reported on media ownership transparency in Europe for the Open Society Program for Investigative Journalism and designed and reported on a questionnaire for the OS on ownership transparency, submitted to 20 countries.
Paulina Smykouskaya is a Price Media Law Moot Court alumna currently working for PwC Legal in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice in Moscow. Out of the ten years of her legal practice, Paulina has spent the last five advising in IT sector. Prior to joining PwC Legal, she worked in the UK, the USA, South Africa and Belarus, specialising in data protection, corporate governance, compliance risk management and startup finance. Paulina completed with distinction LLM Commercial and Corporate Law at Queen Mary University of London. She holds Regulatory Compliance certificate from the University of Cape Town and International Law diploma from the Belarusian State University. In her research work, Paulina explores how technology can be used to improve urban environment, and advocates for privacy by design, big data ethics and digital literacy.
Iain Stansfield has been practising media and intellectual property law for over 20 years. He is a partner in the international media law firm, Olswang, and is the head of its Commercial Group. 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. Primarily a commercial lawyer, his background as an IP practitioner means that he brings to his transactional work a sharp awareness of how best to protect and maximise intangible assets. Iain wrote the Periodical Publishers’ Association’s Guide to Intellectual Property law, “Writers’ Rights and Righting Wrongs”, and is also the author of the Design Council’s on-line knowledge resource on the same subject.
Randall L Stephenson is nearing completion of his DPhil in law at the University of Oxford. Before attending Oxford, he practiced litigation at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto, Canada, specialising in the defence of complex class actions, trials, and commercial arbitration. Randall’s interest in interdisciplinary and comparative law research was inspired by prominent First Amendment scholars and practitioners during his LLM studies at Columbia Law School. His doctoral thesis focused on public libel doctrine and the checking function of the press, particularly the links between constitutional structure, democratic theory (eg freedom of expression justifications), and public accountability scholarship. His postdoctoral research interests include analysing the rise and significance of WikiLeaks and related whistleblowing, establishing appropriate limits to secret tribunals in ‘authorising’ mass surveillance of digital communications, and examining the legal and accountability implications of ‘fake news’.
Dan Tench is a litigator with particular expertise in judicial review, media law, data protection and sports law, undertaking many leading cases in these areas. He has advised bringing and defending major judicial reviews and other administrative law challenges. Many of his public law matters have involved issues of significant political controversy and he has exceptional experience in aligning an approach to litigation with broader media and political concerns. He has prepared senior individuals for appearances before and attended with them at Parliamentary Select Committees. Dan has also substantial experience in advising claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy and other media litigation matters including general reputation management matters, securing injunctions and judgments in leading edge internet cases and has been involved in responding to many significant data security breach situations. He acted for the claimants in the leading data protection case of Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google. Dan has regularly written for and appeared on the national media including The Guardian, The Times, BBC and Channel 4 News. Dan co-founded both the Supreme Court Blog and the Injunctions Blog. He is recognised as a leading practitioner in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 legal directories in both the media law and public law sections.
Dirk Voorhoof is prof. em. at Ghent University, Belgium. He is a member of the Executive Board of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) in Leipzig/Germany, the Human Rights Centre at the Law Faculty of Ghent University and the Global FOE&I @Columbia experts network, Columbia University, New York. Since 2005 he is lecturing Media Law at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH, Denmark) and from 1995 to 2005 he was a member of the Federal Commission for Access to Administrative Documents in Belgium. Among his recent publications: “Freedom of Expression, Media and Journalism under the European Human Rights System: Characteristics, Developments, and Challenges”, in P. MOLNÁR (ed.), Free Speech and Censorship Around the Globe, Central European University Press, Budapest – New York, 2015, 59-104 and “Freedom of Journalistic Newsgathering, Access to Information and Protection of Whistle-blowers under Article 10 ECHR and the standards of the Council of Europe”, in Council of Europe, Journalism at Risk. Threats, challenges and perspectives, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2015, 105-143. For more information see https://biblio.ugent.be/person/801000461819.
Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading communications law experts and is global head of Technology, Media and Communications. He is a past chairman of the International Bar Association (IBA) Communications Law Committee and is now on the Governing Council of the IBA. His clients include BT, Orange, Telefonica, Amazon, Ebay, the World Bank, Apollo, H.P Inc., Cinven and numerous governance and regulatory authorities worldwide. He has been ranked as one of the top 6 communications lawyers in the world for over 10 years, is dual qualified in the UK and France and speaks several other European languages. He advises primarily on matters of competition and regulation, including policy and implementation, and is a regular commentator on data protection and privacy law in national and international print and television media.
Alexander Willingham is a paralegal at Thackray Williams LLP. He holds an undergraduate LLB degree and an LLM 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 Oxford University Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition 2014, and sat on the Organising Committee in 2015 and 2016. Alex has a strong interest in Media Law and Privacy related concerns. Whilst working as a paralegal at Thackray Williams Alex is seeking a training contract to qualify as a solicitor.
Yifan Zhou is currently reading for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford. She completed her LL.B. at Tsinghua University in Bejing, China and LL.M. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. During her studies at Tsinghua and Penn Law, she focused on international law and participated in several international moot competitions as oralist or coach.