International Rounds 2018

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The 2018 International Rounds of the 11th annual Price Media Law Moot Court Competition took place in Oxford, England on 9 – 13 April 2018.

This year we had 42 teams representing a diverse range of countries (including Australia, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Iran, Latvia, Lebanon, Singapore, Philippines, Kenya, South Africa, USA etc) argued a complex Competition Case on fake news, 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  University of San Carlos prevailing over the team from Singapore Management University in the final. The Final Bench comprised of former and sitting judges from international and domestic courts : Ineta Ziemele (Constitutional Court of Republic of Latvia), Kriangsak Kittichaisaree (Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea), Mabel Maame Agyemang(Justice of the Court of Appeal Ghana), Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque (European Court of Human Rights), Nicholas Blake (High Court Judge, retired).

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.

During the week we have organised following events around the Mmoot. Sarah Phillimore kicked off on Day 1 with a mooting masterclass, for the participants; Nicole Stremlau and Monroe E. Price launched UNESCO’s flagship publication: World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development, with Omar Al-Ghazzi (LSE) commenting on the same; David Caragliano, Max Slackman, and Monika Bickert from Facebook hosted a Q&A session; and Timothy Garton Ash hosted a discussion on Free Speech in a Connected World. There were two additional special events that allowed participants to speak with the drafters of the Case (David Caragliano) and the Bench Memorandum (Thiago Alves Pinto), as well as have an informal discussion with the Final Bench judges. Highlights of the week include and are also available here.

As always we publish the Brochure for the International Rounds 2018 as a special edition, with all relevant information from last year, that can be found here: International Rounds 2018 Brochure.

More information on these events is available via the following link Final Competition Schedule 2018.

FINAL Results

OVERALL WINNER

University of San Carlos, Philippines

OVERALL WINNER RUNNER-UP
Singapore Management University, Singapore

SEMI-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)

National Law University, Delhi, India

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, India

QUARTER-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)

Brooklyn Law School, USA

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada

University of Malaya, Malaysia

University of Oxford, UK

OCTO-FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)

Belarusian State University, Belarus

Eötvös Loránd University, ELTE, Budapest, Hungary

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

National Law University, Odisha, India

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

BEST ORALIST

Ms Mariia Novikova, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

BEST ORALIST RUNNER-UP

Ms Stephanie Marie Abigail Olea, University of San Carlos

TOP ORALISTS

3rd Ms Shreya Tewari, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab
4th Mr Mark Lawrence Badayos, University of San Carlos
4th Ms Grace Goh, Singapore Management University
5th 6th Mr Shaun Ou, Singapore Management University
6th Ms Suan Cui Lee, University of Malaya
7th Mr Jack Collins, University of Technology, Sydney
8th Ms Valerie Chee, University of Oxford
9th Mr Stefan Despot, University of Belgrade
10th Mr. Raghav Mendiratta, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab

BEST ORALIST IN THE FINAL

Ms Grace Goh, Singapore Management University

BEST MEMORIALS
National Law University, Delhi, India

Singapore Management University, Singapore

BEST MEMORIALS RUNNERS-UP
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

JONATHAN BLAKE SPIRIT OF THE COMPETITION AWARD

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa,Kenya

OTHER PARTICIPATING TEAMS (in alphabetical order)

  • Ain Shams University, Egypt
  • Allame Tabatabaei’ University, Iran
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, USA
  • Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon
  • Law Society of Ireland, Ireland
  • Mansourah University, Egypt
  • Moi University School of Law, Eldoret, Kenya
  • National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
  • Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Queen Mary London, UK
  • Renmin University of China, China
  • Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
  • Shandong University, China
  • The British University, Egypt
  • The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya
  • The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • The University of Law, London, UK
  • Tulane University School of Law, USA
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • University of Latvia, Latvia
  • University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Jamaica
  • University of Zagreb Faculty of Law, Croatia
Judges

INTERNATIONAL ROUNDS 2018 – JUDGES BIOS 

Julie Aasande (student judge) is a Price Moot Court alumni from 2016.  She is currently an LL.M. student at University of Copenhagen and a Legal Intern at Bruun & Hjejle.

Monir Ahmadi is an Afghan media lawyer and an adjunct professor of media law at Parwan University, who aims to support and promote freedom of expression/information, information society, media legal enabling environment, and advocacy culture in Afghanistan. Mr. Ahmadi’s work has included working and consulting for a range of national and international institutions including Internews, DI, Afghanistan Journalists Safety Committee, National Radio-Television Afghanistan, Information Commission, Law weekly and several other academic institutions. He has considerable experience with a long record of achievements towards media development and media regulation, and advocacy for freedom of expression/information in Afghanistan. His area of specialization covers media law particularly freedom of expression/information. He holds a master’s degree in international law, and a bachelor in law from Kabul University. He is currently Media Law and Policy Program Manager at Internews Network – Afghanistan, and Legal Trainer at Legal Practice Course of Afghanistan Bar Association. He is also the Organizer of Oxford-Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in Afghanistan. Since 2012/13, he has also initiated several media law initiatives including Afghan Media Law and Policy Summer School and Media Law and Policy Research Program. He has launched several media law clinics in Afghan universities since 2015. Mr. Ahmadi has actively contributed in capacity building efforts in media and telecom sector of Afghanistan including with the Ministry of Communication, Afghan Information Commission and private media. Monir has worked with Toby Mendel of CLD to organize and co-lecture advanced level media law, right to information law ToTs for Afghan journalists, media workers, civil society activists and academics in Afghanistan. As a practitioner, he has actively contributed in advocacy and drafting process of media law, access to Information law, internet policy and digitalization process in Afghanistan. He is a member of the Afghanistan Bar Association, the leadership council of Lawyers Union, the Journalists’ Union of Afghanistan and Media Law Task Force. The author of “Freedom of Expression” and “Detection, Investigation and Prosecution of Crime (published, 2018)”, he has also authored and edited several academic papers and policy recommendations. His third book, Media Law will be published soon.

Thiago Felipe Alves Pinto holds an LLB (Hons.) from Centro Universitário Curitiba (Brazil) and a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from Åbo Akademi University (Finland). He is currently in the fourth year of his DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford, researching on the topic of offence to religious belief in International Human Rights Law. 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”. Thiago has been judging regional and international rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court since 2015, and in 2017 he delivered the Google Lecture on Hate Speech in Nigeria. He is currently working on his thesis and as a tutor in Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.

Sondra Anton (student judge) is a graduate student in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation is centred on the International Criminal Court’s approach to complementarity in its preliminary examinations, with a special case study in Colombia. She completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University, St. Louis, and studied at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. She focus is international human rights law, specifically justice and accountability in post-conflict societies. She has lived and worked in South America, and has a regional focus in Sri-Lanka. She has interned with Human Rights Watch, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Stanford Law School’s Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, and the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam. Sondra is also on the Executive Committee of the Oxford Transitional Justice Group.

Yashawini Basu is currently pursuing an MA in international and Comparative Law at SOAS, University of London. She has always had a penchant for public speaking and has, over the course of the last decade , experimented with various modes of public speaking, be it parliamentary debates, Model United Nations and Moot court competitions.
Yashawini has taken part in various national level debates from India previously. Recently, she represented her university at the Jessup Memorial Moot Court Competition and was able to secure a national rank of 7th.

Wan Mohd Asnur bin Wan Jantan is a Doctoral Researcher on International Framework for Islamic Finance at the University of Leeds. He previously worked as a Senior Federal Counsel at the International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers, Malaysia. His practice area is public international law, specialising in international economic law, trade, investment, and maritime. His experience spans across treaty negotiations at the United Nations, FTAs, TPPA, as well as handling international dispute cases such as the investor-State-disputes under the auspices of ICSID, and state-to-state arbitration case concerning the Malayan Railway Land dispute under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Following his works on the development of a legal framework to implement the ASEAN Single Window (ASW), he was invited as an International Expert by the UNESCAP to present his works on ASW since 2006. Mr. Asnur graduated from The Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2012 where he studied as J. William Fulbright Scholar. He has judged the the WTO Moot Court Competitions, the White & Case International Round for the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C., and graded the memorials for several years for the said moot as well as the FDI Skadden Moot Court Competitions.

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.

Sarah Branthwaite is an experienced media lawyer working in the BBC’s Programme Legal Advice Department which she joined in August 2015. She gives pre-broadcast advice across the BBC’s output from News, including the Victoria Derbyshire programme, consumer series such as You and Yours and Rogue Traders and documentaries including The Met: Policing London. Sarah also advises in relation to reporting restriction challenges, protection of sources and Terrorism Act disclosures. Prior to joining the BBC, Sarah worked in private practice where she acted for a significant proportion of the regional press, as well as magazines including Which? and a number of NGOs.

Jason Brickhill is a DPhil student in the Law Faculty. His research focuses on public interest litigation. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Cape Town and an MSt in international human rights law from the University of Oxford. After obtaining his law degree, Jason served as law clerk to Justice Kate O’Regan at the South African Constitutional Court. He has subsequently practised as an attorney (solicitor) and advocate (barrister) at the Johannesburg Bar and was previously the Director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre, a South African public interest law firm. As an advocate, Jason appeared in the High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court of South Africa as well as the Supreme Court of Namibia. 

Ian Burton is Senior Counsel in the International Litigation Team at Google. He works on key litigation cases across Europe and Asia, many of which focus on the rights of internet users to receive and impart information and ideas. Prior to joining Google in 2011, he served as Senior Litigation Counsel at Nokia, and as an Associate at London-based, IP Specialists, Bristows. Ian was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1994, and is now a practising solicitor in England & Wales and in Ireland.

David Caragliano is Policy Development Lead on the Content Policy team at Facebook. The team is responsible for creating and updating the Community Standards, the rules that govern what content is allowed on Facebook and Instagram and what is not allowed. David coordinates the Content Standards Forum, the mini-legislative session to introduce policy proposals and pass new product policies. He also oversees the team in APAC. David is a member of the New York Bar and previously worked in the Hong Kong office of an international law firm. David studied Chinese at Tsinghua University and has lived and worked in China and Southeast Asia. He holds a JD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Ann Carney’s career in litigation in the USA spanned several decades before she turned to international human rights law. A degree MSt in International Human Rights Law was awarded by University of Oxford in 2009. Since that time Ann has been involved in research around international law, particularly in the areas of forced labour and violence against women.

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 works for the Internet Policy Observatory Project at the Annenberg School for Communication, assisting with the organization of the Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute, and as a project manager at the Centre for Media Law in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kristina previously worked as Annenberg Local Program Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina and managed media law and policy activities within the project in B-H.

Dima Chehade holds a Masters of Laws (LL.M) in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the Lebanese University, where she is currently working towards obtaining her second Master’s degree in Business Law. Dima has been working with Al-Jad Law Firm, where she worked on a number of projects in the Middle East. Dima has a special interest in Energy-related matters and participated in projects in Lebanon and Iraq, as well as the North Sea during a work experience with an internationally recognized law firm in the UK.

Grace Cheng is a barrister at Field Court Chambers and is also a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong, having previously worked as an Associate at Slaughter and May. She has taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Hong Kong, King’s College London, and the University of Warwick and was judicial assistant to the Honourable Mr Justice Blair when he was the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court. Grace assisted Professor Ewan McKendrick with the latest edition of Goode on Commercial Law, a widely-used text by practitioners and academics. She was the mooting coach for the University of Oxford’s Price Media Law Moot Court team in 2016 and is again coaching Oxford’s mooting team this year for the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

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.

Jarlath Clifford is London based lawyer specialising in public international law, human rights law and equality law. He has advised government and non-governmental organisations on these matters, including HMRC, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. As a lawyer at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, he litigated numerous cases against Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan before the European Court of Human Rights. Prior to this, he worked in private practice, representing clients before UK courts including the Court of Protection, in cases involving mental capacity and disability rights law. Jarlath was a legal officer, and then a consultant, at The Equal Rights Trust (‘ERT’). He managed ERT’s litigation, legal policy, and legislative advocacy work, promoting law reform and compliance with international human rights standards at the UN, European and national levels. Jarlath also worked as an Investigator and a Policy Officer for the British Commission for Racial Equality and has conducted research for academic institutions and NGOs including, University College London, Amnesty International, and the Centre for Policy Alternatives (in Sri Lanka).  Jarlath has published broadly on human rights law, including as a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law, The Library of Essays on International Human rights, Vol. II: Equality and Non-­Discrimination under International Law.

Rachael Craufurd Smith is a reader in media law at the University of Edinburgh. She previously worked as an adviser on European affairs for the BBC and has participated in a number of European projects, most recently with her colleague Dr Paolo Cavaliere on the EU-funded Media Pluralism Monitor. She teaches courses in media and advertising law and has a long running interest in the regulation of culture and the culture industries.

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.

Bernardo de Souza Dantas Fico is a lawyer and graduated from University of São Paulo with concentration courses from Stanford and Luzern. He is a former Visiting Professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and former Collaborator to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. Mr. Fico participated in Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court Competition whilst at Law School as an oralist and researcher to University of São Paulo. He won the 20th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition (IAHRMCC), has been a judge for the 22nd IAHRMCC, and is currently a coach for the 23rd edition. Mr. Fico co-founded and coordinates Revista Arcadas Law Review, an official Law Review at University of São Paulo linked to the Legal Theory Department.

Claire de Than is a Professor of Human Rights Law with a specialism in Media Law ; author or co-author of over 15 books and more than 80 articles. Advisor to major media organisations and governments. Law Commissioner for Jersey. Chair of two human rights charities and trustee of others.

Sachintha Dias Mudalige is a DPhil student in Public International Law. His research focuses on the immunities of international organizations and the right of access to court. In particular, he is exploring the implementation of the legal responsibility of international organizations by challenging their jurisdictional immunity through the right of access to court. He is the recipient of the Honorè Scholarship from the Law Faculty and The Queen’s College and is also the Firth Senior Scholar at The Queen’s College. He is the Co-Convenor of the Public International Law Discussion Group and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Public International Law. He also teaches Jurisprudence to the second year law undergraduates at Queen’s. Having completed his LL.B with First Class Honours at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sachintha completed the Bachelor of Civil Law with Distinction at Oxford in 2015. He is an Attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and has worked as a State Counsel at Sri Lanka’s Attorney General’s Department and as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Colombo. He has also clerked under Hon. Justice Saleem Marsoof at the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. He has represented Sri Lanka at the international rounds of the Jessup international law Moot Court Competition, being a part of the only Sri Lankan team to date to make the knockout rounds.

Deon Fang is a BCL candidate at the University of Oxford. He received First Class Honours for his undergraduate degree, during which he was a Domus Scholar at Pembroke College, Oxford, and was awarded all of Pembroke College’s Law subject prizes. He has judged in the 7 King’s Bench Walk Commercial Law Moot and the Maitland Chambers Intercollegiate (Cuppers) Mooting Competition, and competed representing Oxford at the LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot.

Francesca Fanucci is an Italian and British lawyer specialised in freedom of expression and comparative media law. She is a non-resident Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society, School of Public Policy, Central European University and a member of Internews’ Internet Freedom Expert Register. She has consulted, inter alia, for the European Center for Not-For-Profit Law, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, ARTICLE 19, the American Bar Association, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Open Society Foundations Justice Initiative and Media Program, the International Press Institute, Access Info Europe and International Media Support. Francesca has also worked as legal analyst and corporate law researcher for global and European public affairs consultancies in Europe, North and West Africa, the United States and South America.

Rhona Goodarzi holds an undergraduate degree in Law and French from the University of Edinburgh where she was awarded the Gilchrist Prize for achieving the best performance on the International Law (Honours) course and the Joelle Godard Prize for the highest classification on the Law and French degree. During her studies, she focussed on International and Human Rights Law and participated in the Freedom of Expression Law Clinic programme which, delivered in association with Media Legal Defence Initiative, entailed two competitively selected teams of final year law students submitting a petition relating to the live case of a foreign journalist to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Rhona is currently seeking funds to facilitate a year-long work placement with a Latin American NGO before completing further studies in the field of International Human Rights Law, specialising in Immigration and Asylum Law.

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.

Joelle Grogan is a lecturer and legal academic at Middlesex University London. Her primary areas of research are UK and European Union law. Prior to her appointment at Middlesex University, Joelle was elected a Scholar of Trinity College Dublin. She graduated with Distinction from the BCL at Oxford University. She completed her doctoral research on the rule of law in the European Union at Oriel College, Oxford University. Her research assessed EU compliance with the rule of law, with case study analysis of the EU as an actor in international trade negotiations (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Investor-State Dispute Mechanism) and EU measures in corporate taxation (State Aid, Advanced Tax Rulings, and the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base). Her work has been cited by the Financial Times, the New Statesman and Buzzfeed and has been presented throughout the UK and Europe, and in the US and China.

Olga Grygorovska is a Price Media Law Moot Court Alumna and has been judging the competition since 2017. She works as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights. She holds LLM degree from the Queen Mary University of London and was a Chevening scholar. Olga has previously worked with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine representing the Government before the ECHR, and the OSCE Rule of Law Unit. She has been working with the London based NGO sector on human rights before heading to Strasbourg. Olga also writes reports on international law for Oxford University Press.

Gehan Gunatilleke is a human rights lawyer, and a doctoral student in international human rights law at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on limitations with respect to the freedom of expression and the freedom of religion under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, Gehan was the Research Director at Verité Research, an independent think tank based in Colombo. He was also an advisor to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on international human rights treaty compliance. Gehan has nearly a decade of experience in research and advocacy on media freedom and religious violence in Sri Lanka. His latest publication – The Chronic and the Entrenched: Ethno-Religious Violence in Sri Lanka – is due to be published in April 2018.

Holly Hemming (student judge) is a Masters Student within the Faculty of Law at Oxford University studying for an MSc. She has judged several rounds of inter-collegiate mooting since being here at Oxford.  Previously, Holly studied Law at the University of Cambridge.  She intends to practice human rights law at the Bar of England and Wales upon graduating.

Felix Hempel (student judge) is a second-year PhD Candidate in Law at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He achieved his German Diploma in Law with distinction at the University of Jena in 2015. He was awarded an LLM in International and Commercial Business Law with distinction from UEA in 2016. Felix obtained the Faculty of Social Sciences Studentship for his PhD studies and has been working on his thesis since October 2016. His main research interest is in media law. His doctoral studies are concerned with comparative press, broadcast, and social media regulation, he examines the impact of the right of reply on freedom of expression and personality rights. His thesis investigates the situation in England, Wales, Germany, and the influence of the European Convention on Human Rights. At UEA, Felix has taught on the undergraduate modules Media Law, Constitutional Law, and English Legal Process and been a part of the teaching team on the LLM Dissertation workshop, and the Media & Communications Module. In early 2018, he also achieved the status of Associate Fellow of The Higher Teaching Academy.  Felix is the co-editor of the University’s media law research blog.

Jacquie Hughes is an investigative Current Affairs filmmaker tuned Media Policy Director and Communications Sector Regulator. Public and Private sector Media Analyst and author with a 20 year track record in Broadcast production, Executive Production, commissioning and senior management at the BBC and the Independent sector. Journalist, journalism lecturer, author of numerous independent industry and think tank reports on aspects of broadcast output, the BBC, media convergence, regulation and standards. Areas of Journalistic interest: Human Rights, Politics; Justice, Public Interest, Animal rights, human trafficking, the Arts.

Yulia Ioffe (student judge) is a DPhil (PhD) candidate and a tutor in Public International Law at University of Oxford. Her research project examines the overlapping regimes of international human rights law and international refugee law related to asylum-seeking children. She is a Postgraduate Research Resident at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (2017/2018), and a co-convenor of the Refugee and Migration Law Discussion Group at the Law Faculty (2015/2018). Yulia holds an LL.M from Harvard Law School with specialisation in International Human Rights Law. She is a member of the New York Bar and has previously worked as a lawyer for the UNHCR in Ukraine and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and at a New York litigation firm.

Rosana John (student judge) is a lawyer based in Grenada, she is reading for an LLM in Environmental law and Policy at UCL through a Chevening Scholarship. Rosana is a Price Media Moot Alumna and was part of the team which won the 2014 Americas Round and advanced as Octo-finalists in the International Round.

Anthony Jones practices as a barrister at 4 New Square chambers in Lincoln’s Inn and teaches law at the London School of Economics. Anthony has a substantial practice in human rights and international law, recently acting in the High Court in relation to the challenge to the export of arms to Saudi Arabia, in the General Court of the EU in relation to the EU-Turkey refugee deal, and in the European Court of Human Rights in more than a dozen cases relating variously to media freedom and the rights of journalists. Anthony also has experience before the constitutional courts of Turkey and The Gambia, before UN Special Procedures complaints bodies, and in the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States.

Marko Juric is a Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law. His academic interests include electronic media law, privacy and electronic communications, personal data protection and internet governance issues. Marko has coached his university teams at the Price media Law Moot Court in 2015 and 2016. He is currently vice-dean of the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law.

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,, Boykanov, Aneva and Others, Yonchev cases and amicus briefs on behalf of AIP – e.g. in Mosley, Magyar Helsinki). 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. He is president of the Journalist Ethics Commission in Bulgaria, Steering Committee member of the FOIAdvocates network and Advisory Council member of the Global Right to Information Rating.

Ahmed Khalifa is an Assistant professor of criminal law in Ain Shams University, Egypt and an adjunct professor in the British University of Egypt and the German University in Cairo. Mr. Khalifa holds an LLM from Temple University, Philadelphia, USA and a PHD from Poitiers University in France. He served as in-house consultant for the United Nations Inter-Regional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Torino, Italy. Currently, he serves as a consultant with numerous international organizations like the UNODC, UNWoman and the International Committee of the Red Cross. His main area of expertise is International Criminal law, International Humanitarian Law, Comparative criminal law and human rights. For the last five years Ahmed has been Deputy Secretary General of the International Association of Penal Law. He is also the Coordinator for the Middle East Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court.

Zeyad Loutfi is currently a PhD candidate in the University of Paris, where he is writing his thesis on online copyright protection and the responsibility of internet intermediaries. Mr. Loutfi had obtained his Bachelor of Laws from Cairo University (English section) with honours. He also obtained a Master of Comparative Law from the University of Paris and wrote his dissertation on the differences between copyright systems and the need for a hybrid system of protection in light of Creative Commons licensing which received highest distinction (félicitations du jury). Prior to his admission to the Egyptian Bar Association, he completed his training at Loutfi Law firm in Cairo where he handled various national cases and arbitration proceedings, as well as WIPO domain name disputes. He also interned at the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. Mr. Loutfi’s areas of research spans intellectual property, media law, international law, data protection and human rights. Mr. Loutfi has read law in Cairo, Paris and The Hague and is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

Joseph McAulay (student judge) is a Graduate of the University of Edinburgh’s Law School where he graduated with First Class Honours. He acted as a research assistant to the 2017 Media Pluralism Monitor undertaken by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom and has worked on research projects on international law and policy, criminology, and the effect of globalisation on the state. He is also a prospective masters student with an interest in critical criminology, media law and the regulation of social media.

Jonathan McCully is a Senior Legal Officer at the Media Legal Defence Initiative. He has worked on cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. He has also worked on cases before domestic courts in various countries, including Uganda, Singapore and Tanzania. He has trained lawyers from East and Southern Africa on freedom of expression and media law, and is a supervisor at the University of Edinburgh Freedom of Expression Law Clinic. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Laws from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters of Laws in Information Technology, Media and Communications Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a particular interest in media law matters; and has published widely on freedom of expression, privacy, open justice, human rights and intellectual property. He is also an Editor at Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, a case law database of freedom of expression judgments from around the world.

Victoria McEvedy is an Intellectual Property and media law specialist, acknowledged as a leading individual in Digital Media by Chambers & Partners in 2013. She has a practice in London, awarded an IP Excellence award for the best Trade Mark law boutique in 2017.  Victoria acts for both claimants and defendants in a wide variety of Intellectual Property and media matters and is an experienced copyright and trade mark lawyer. She also deals with all aspects of media law and regularly advises various national newspapers on pre-publication issues focusing on libel, privacy and contempt.  She is a specialist in liability for content on the internet and intermediary liability more generally and advises ISPs and household names on these issues. She also has a particular interest in the cross-roads between speech and trade marks generally and in the domain name and keyword context, in particular. She is an experienced litigator and is qualified in and has practiced in a number of common law jurisdictions, including New York and Hong Kong, for highly regarded international firms. She has particular experience in private international law and her dispute resolution experience includes large multi-jurisdictional cases and international commercial arbitration.

Tarlach McGonagle is a senior researcher/lecturer at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam and a senior researcher at the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research. He regularly advises and writes expert studies for various branches of the Council of Europe, the OSCE and other IGOs and NGOs. He is a member of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on quality journalism in the digital age and previously served as Rapporteur of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (2016-17) and Committee of Experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (2014-15). He is currently drafting a set of ‘Guidelines on National Minorities and the Media in the Digital Age’ at the request of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. He was an invited expert speaker at the Thematic Discussion on “Racist Hate Speech” organised by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2012. In Spring 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Fellow at the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law (RIIPL), Rutgers School of Law – Camden, New Jersey. He regularly lectures on the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute. Website: https://www.ivir.nl/employee/mcgonagle/

Annelen Micus is the Head of Programmes of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. Previously, Annelen worked for two years with a Colombian human rights organisation, the Lawyers’ Collective “José Alvear Restrepo” (CAJAR), as international advisor on transitional justice as well as business and human rights issues. Prior to this she was Legal Advisor at the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).  Annelen studied law at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires.

Juliana Mota (student judge) is a qualified lawyer pursuing her LLM at the University of Cambridge. She graduated from the University of São Paulo in 2016, and worked as a privacy researcher for a year.  She participated in the Price Moot Court Competition in 2015.

Harriet Moynihan is an Associate Fellow in the International Law Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), where she works on international human rights law issues, including in the context of cyber activity. Prior to that, Harriet worked for over 10 years as a legal adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, advising on international human rights law. She am also a graduate of Oxford University’s Masters in International Human Rights Law (2013-2015), for which she obtained a distinction and the Morris Prize for best overall result.

Muriuki Muriungi is a Tutorial Fellow at the School of Law, University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Master of Science in Law and Finance Candidate at the University of Oxford, UK. He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Public Finance and Financial Services Law and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Nairobi. Muriuki also received his Postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Kenya School of Law, and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He has served as a graduate teaching assistant at the School of Law, University of Nairobi and as a legal assistant at Mohammed Muigai Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. His research interests are in the areas of financial regulation, law and economics/finance, regulation of fintechs and law and technology.

Kay Murray is Chief Legal Officer for the Institute of International Education. She previously served as Assistant General Counsel at Tribune Publishing Company, where she counseled six daily newspapers in the U.S., and as Deputy General Counsel at the Open Society Foundations. Kay has been a visiting lecturer in Communications Law and Policy at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Law.

Maryanne Nwosisi is an experienced legal practitioner and is currently a corporate associate at Slaughter and May. She holds a Master’s degree in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She was a campus journalist at the University of Ibadan and an Associate Editor for the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal. Maryanne’s broader interests include human rights, particularly women’s rights, and improving access to the best education and career opportunities for the disadvantaged. Maryanne lives in London and can be contacted at maryanne.nwosisi@slaughterandmay.com.

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.

Oluwatoyin Onafujabi sat as a Judge at the International Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in 2016. She is a highly skilled Legal Practitioner, with extensive professional practice in Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Governance, Company Law and Insurance Law. Oluwatoyin, is also professionally certified in Legal Regulatory Compliance. She recently became a member of the International Compliance Association (ICA), England.

Sejal Parmar is Senior Adviser to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Representative on Freedom of the Media, Assistant Professor of Law at the Department of Legal Studies and a core faculty member of the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at the School of Public Policy at CEU. Her main field of expertise, research and writing is international and European human rights law, particularly on freedom of expression. Parmar is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights, a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Community of Democracies and a member of the Advisory Committee of Universal Rights Group. She has previously worked as Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19 and Human Rights Coordinator at Doughty Street Chambers. She has also held visiting lectureships at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Edinburgh, and research positions at New York University Law School (EU-US Fulbright Scholar and Emile Noel Fellow), the Amsterdam Centre for International Law and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has also interned at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the UN headquarters in New York. She has law degrees from the LSE (LLB Law) and EUI (PhD), and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales.

Ollie Persey is training to be a barrister through a Justice First Fellowship at the Public Law Project and teaches at LSE Law. He was previously a researcher in the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at Oxford University and worked at the American Civil Liberties Union on free speech and protest issues. He read law at Oxford University and NYU School of Law, where he captained NYU’s team through the Americas rounds and into the latter stages of the international rounds.

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.

Jo Pierson  is full-time Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium (Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences & Solvay Business School). He is part of the research centre SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology) since 1996 and holds a PhD in Social Science since 2003. In the past he has worked as researcher-advisor for the Dutch knowledge institute TNO in Delft. In his current position as senior researcher and executive committee member in SMIT, he is in charge of the research unit ‘Privacy, Ethics & Literacy’, in close cooperation with imec (R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technology). He lectures undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Hasselt University and University of Amsterdam, covering socio-technical issues of digital media development and use. Drawing upon media and communication studies, in combination with science and technology studies, his interdisciplinary research focus is on data, trust, privacy, public values and user empowerment in media technologies. He is also elected member of the International Council of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Gill Phillips is a media law specialist. She currently works in-house as the Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited (publishers of the Guardian & Observer newspapers and theguardian.com) where she advises on a range of content-related matters including defamation, privacy, contempt and reporting restrictions. She trained at Coward (now Clifford) Chance [1982-1984] and spent three years PQE in the litigation department there. In 1987 she joined the BBC as an in-house editorial lawyer. Between 1996/7 she was an in-house lawyer at News Group Newspapers (The Sun & The News of the World) before moving, in 1997, to the College of Law, where she lectured in Civil & Criminal Litigation & Employment. In September 2000, she joined Times Newspapers Limited (publishers of The Times & The Sunday Times) as an in-house lawyer. In May 2009, she moved to GNM. She was a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Working Group on Libel Reform. She was involved in the Trafigura super injunction case and was a member of the Master of the Rolls Injunction Committee. She has advised Guardian News & Media on phone-hacking, Wikileaks, the Leveson Inquiry, the NSA leaks from Edward Snowden, the HSBC files and more recently the Panama and Paradise Papers. She also sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge and co-authors the CPC Legal Practice Guide on Employment Law. She is a non-resident fellow of the Centre for Media, Data and Data and Society at the Central European University School of Public Policy.

Bamidele Popoola is a lawyer at the Government Legal Department, London, and was until recently a Policy Adviser in the UK Civil Service. He has an LLM in International and Comparative Commercial Law at SOAS, University of London, where he 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 and has previously served as 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.

Alina Pravdychenko is a media lawyer and head of educational projects of Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM) – Ukrainian civil society organization (former – Media Law Institute). In 2016 she coached the Ukrainian team for the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. She the Competition Coordinator for the North East Europe Regional Rounds of the Price media law moot court competition. Alina also works part time as senior lecturer at the Law faculty of Donetsk National University (Vinnytsia).

Lynn Pype started working as a lawyer in 2010. She is currently working at time.lex, a Brussels allround firm for the information society. Lynn has gained experience on different commercial topics such as unfair trade practices, intellectual property and IT matters, e-commerce, data protection and media law.

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.

Mariana Scolaro (student judge) Excellence and commitment are the values that define both Mariana Scolaro as a Venezuelan Lawyer and her Alma Mater Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB). During her studies, she was a member of the UCAB Delegation at the National Model of United Nations (New York, 2014) and at the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition (IAMC) (Washington, D.C., 2015), awarded as Best Delegate and Semifinalist with the Best Memorial in Spanish, respectively. She was a full scholarship holder at the Lucerne Academy for Human Rights Implementation (Switzerland, July 2016). In Venezuela, she was a Legal Assistant at Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez for 3 years, and a Lawyer in Ayala, Dillon, Fernandez, Linares, Chavero, where she litigated before both the Interamerican and Universal Human RIghts Protection Systems. Currently, she lives in Oxford after having successfully completed the International Relations Career Challenge, an United Nations training that took place at King’s College, London, on February 2018, and now she is the Coach of her University’s Team before the IAMC, as well as a member of the FIU-UCAB Team for the International Arbitration and Commercial Law Moot Court Competition to be held in Carlos III University, Madrid, on April 2018.

Smita Shah is a Barrister at Garden Court Chambers and currently undertaking her PhD at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Wth over 10 years experience in international and domestic children law, child rights, women’s rights and humanitarian law, Smita has worked in the UK, South East Turkey, Palestine, Columbia, Nigeria and Myanmar/Burma. She holds an MA 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 one of the founders of the Freedom of Expression Law Clinic based at Edinburgh University.

Bahuli Sharma is currently pursuing the Msc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford. She graduated from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law in 2016, and read for the BCL at Oxford from 2016-2017 on the Rhodes Scholarship.

Teng Sheng Saw currently clerks for Justice George Wei of the Singapore Supreme Court. Prior to clerkship, he served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor with the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore. Teng Sheng graduated top of his class, obtaining a Juris Doctor (summa cum laude) from Singapore Management University. He was actively involved in international moots as a student. He won the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition in 2016. He also won the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in 2017; and bagged both the Best Oralist in the Final award as well as the Best Individual Oralist award.

Taras Shevchenko is the Director and founder of Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law – a think-and-act tank, which has been working in the civil society sector of Ukraine since 2005 channelling its efforts for development of independent media, support of civic platforms and movements, and building a legal state in Ukraine. Mr. Shevchenko is Board Co-chairman for Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR) – the largest coalition of leading non-governmental organizations and experts from all over Ukraine. The RPR also functions as a coordination center for 80 non-governmental organizations and 22 expert groups which develop, promote, and control implementation of the reforms. As leading RPR expert in media law he has participated in drafting media legislation in Ukraine. In particular, co-drafted existing Law on Access to Public Information; Law on Public Service Broadcasting; Law on National Council on TV and Radio; Defamation Law amendments; Law on Parliamentary Elections (as to Media & Elections); Law on ban of tobacco advertising; Law on smoking in public places ban, Law on Public Financing of Political Parties.Mr. Shevchenko was a participant in the 2017 Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program. He is a member of the Kyiv Bar Association and International Media Lawyers Association. He is an author of over 100 articles and publication on reforms, democracy, freedom of speech, election, legal regulation of media, protection of journalist’ rights, etc.

Chen Siyuan (LLB (NUS); LLM (Harvard)) is an Associate 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 50 international championship finals, including the Jessup (2013, 2014), Vis (2015, 2016), Vis East (2015, 2016), Price (2010, 2015, 2016, 2017), and International Criminal Court (2015, 2016), and Frankfurt (2015, 2017) 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.

Max Slackman is the Head of Instagram Product Policy.  The team creates policies managing how Instagram’s diverse communities interact with the app, covering community, advertiser, and developer guidelines.  Max is a member of the Oregon Bar and previously worked on Facebook’s privacy team.  Before law school Max was a microbiologist focused on vaccine research.  He holds a JD from George Mason University and a BS in microbiology from William & Mary.

Mark Stephens, CBE, is a partner at UK firm, Howard Kennedy LLP, where his practice focus is international, appellate and media litigation including  freedom of expression, defamation, privacy, data protection. Mark has undertaken some of the highest profile freedom of expression cases in the United Kingdom and around the world, and he was appointed by the UK Foreign Secretary to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Free Expression advisory board. Mark chairs a number of Boards, including the Global Network Initiative, and he is a trustee of Index of Censorship, an Executive Committee member of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and a Division Representative for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute. Mark was awarded a CBE for his work for services to the legal profession and also to the Arts.

Dan Tench is a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP and a litigator with particular expertise in judicial review, competition law, media law (including data protection, privacy and defamation) and sports law, undertaking many leading cases in all these areas. Dan has advised bringing and defending major judicial reviews and other administrative law challenges and on competition litigation cases. 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 political and media 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 as well as bringing and defending claims for and against all types of traditional media. He has been involved in responding to many significant data security breach situations with a targeted strategy to minimise the damage, potential liability and disruption caused to the client. He acted for the claimants in the leading data protection case of Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google.

Stefan Theil is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge on the subject of human rights and the environment, and holds degrees in law from University College London and the University of Bayreuth. Stefan’s primary research interest broadly focuses on the reciprocal rights and obligations of the individual and the state. He publishes frequently on issues of human rights, constitutional theory and constitutional law, drawing comparisons between legal systems and the influences of deepening European integration. He currently researches the implications of digitalisation for human rights, public law and constitutional theory.

Kristel Tonstad works as Legal Advocacy and Policy Adviser at the Norwegian Refugee Council in Oslo, Norway. Prior to this, she worked for seven years at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs drafting and coordinating policy in the sections for Economic and Commercial Affairs, Humanitarian Affairs, and Human Rights and Democracy. She worked as first secretary for politics at the Norwegian Embassy in Egypt. Prior to that, Ms. Tonstad consulted for the National Contact Point for Responsible Business and the International Law and Policy Institute. She has conducted policy analysis on child protection in war-zones for UNICEF Iraq and has been on missions for UNICEF in the Republic of Georgia and Haiti. She coordinated a mock trial team while working at the Center for Law and Public Policy in Maryland, USA. Ms. Tonstad holds a law degree from the University of Oslo and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Paul Udoh was a participant at the 2011 African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, University of Pretoria and a 2012 Price Moot Court Alumni, University of Oxford, amongst others. Paul is a sharp-witted lawyer with interest in Human Rights Law, Employment Law and Oil and Gas Law. Through the Bar Alpha Community Legal service, Paul has provided probono legal advice and representation to the indigent and unjustly incarcerated at the Ikoyi prison, Lagos, Nigeria. In practice, he has been involved in the preparation of oil and gas contract agreements and has represented Nigeria’s leading banks in relation to labour and employment disputes. Paul is a graduate of Lagos State University.

Nora Wannagat (student judge) is originally from Germany, but has lived in China, New Zealand, and England. After completing a BA Jurisprudence (with German Law) at Oxford in 2016 and an LLM in International Commercial Law at UCL in 2017, Nora is currently undertaking the BPTC at the University of Law (London Bloomsbury). She is a Gray’s Inn Bedingfield and Residential Scholar, as well as an Advocacy Scholar at the University of Law. In October 2018, Nora will be commencing pupillage at a chancery set in London.  She has been involved in a number of international mooting competitions, and represented Oxford at the International Roman Law Moot in Vienna.  She is a member of the Gray’s Inn Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team. Nora has judged several competitions at the University of Law and organised an internal moot in conjunction with Keating Chambers last December. She has also coached the university’s WTO Law Moot team and travelled with them to Wroclaw, Poland to attend the European rounds of the competition.

Chris Watson is Head of the CMS Technology, Media and Communications Group. In this position, he leads an international team of over 100 lawyers. He focuses on international commercial matters in the technology, media and communications sectors, particularly in areas where competition and regulation overlap, and on EU law arising in cross-border and complex telecommunications transactions. He also has extensive experience in other regulated network sectors, such as postal and other utilities, as well as in general commercial, corporate, and financial matters. Chris works with an extensive range of clients in the global telecommunications industry. He has been recognised in The International Who’s Who of Telecoms & Media Lawyers for 2016 as one of only three “Thought Leaders” for Telecoms & Media across the EMEA in which he is described as “exceptionally bright” and “technically excellent” and boasts an “amazingly international practice”.  He has a strong interest in the Middle East, having lived in Iran for a number of years, and has developed a global practice with approximately half of his clients based outside the UK.

Reina Wehbi is a human rights activist currently working at Amnesty International, regional office for the Middle East. Her work mainly covers freedom of speech and assembly in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In 2016, Reina was awarded the Fulbright Student Scholarship to pursue her Masters degree in the United States. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the Lebanese University in Beirut. She has previously worked with several international organizations like the United Nations Development Program and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

Samuel White is currently a PhD student at the University of Dundee specialising in UK human rights and constitutional law. During his LLB in English law at the same University, he was president of the University of Dundee Mooting Society and a successful member of the external mooting team for all three years of study. In addition to participating in mooting, he founded the President’s Cup mooting competition at Dundee and regularly judged this and other internal moots. He is also currently assistant coach for the University’s team for the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition which will take place in The Hague in May. At present, Samuel is also a tutor in both UK public law and Scots private law at the University of Dundee, and an editor of the University of Dundee Student Law Review. Since 2015 he has been a Director of the access to justice charity SCOLAG (the Scottish Legal Action Group).

Alexander Willingham is a Trainee Solicitor at Thackray Williams LLP. He has an undergraduate degree in Law and a Masters degree in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary, University of London. Alex is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Business and Finance. In 2014 Alex was a semi-finalist in the Price Moot Court Competition at Oxford University. Since then he has taken an active role in supporting the Moot Court as a part of the Organising Committee and also sitting as a judge.

Basu Yashaswini (student judge) is currently pursuing an MA in international and Comparative Law at SOAS, University of London. Basu has always had a penchant for public speaking and has, over the course of the last decade , experimented with various modes of public speaking, be it parliamentary debates, Model United Nations and Moot court competitions. She has taken part in various national level debates previously in India. Basu represented her university at the Jessup Memorial Moot Court Competition where they secured a national rank of 7th.

Szabolcs Zöldréti (student judge) is a recent graduate in Law at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.  He participated at the Price Media Law Moot Court first in Zagreb and then qualified for the international rounds in Oxford last year as a member of his University’s team.  His studies included media regulation of the European Union, his first thesis was a research study about the current state of community radios in the United Kingdom.