Sciences Po Law School Clinic joins Global Partnership to Protect Media Freedom

Sciences Po Law School Clinic joins Global Partnership to Protect Media Freedom

  • Threats against freedom of press, a concept ©Shutterstock/Olaf SpeierThreats against freedom of press, a concept ©Shutterstock/Olaf Speier

Law Clinic joins part of global effort to bolster freedom of the press, in association with international network of academic institutions and distinguished panel, led by Lord Neuberger and Amal Clooney.

Paris, Nov 27, 2019 - Sciences Po is joining a Global Campaign for Media Freedom and will play a leading role in developing legal tools to protect journalists and defend freedom of the press alongside project partners, including a High Panel of legal experts led by Lord Neuberger, former President of the Supreme Court of the UK, and Amal Clooney, special envoy on media freedom to the UK Foreign Secretary.

The Sciences Po Law School Clinic will be part of a legal network which will generate a series of landmark reports on model laws that set out international human rights standards that should guide the formulation and application of criminal and civil laws frequently used to target journalists and stifle media freedom around the world.

The network, which includes University of Toronto, King’s College London, Columbia Law School, and Korea University, will collaborate to ensure the reports have comprehensive jurisdictional coverage.

Sciences Po students will be involved in researching and drafting a report on the impact of counter terrorism and public order legislations and measures on media freedom. Anne Charbord, Jeanne Sulzer and Jeremy Perelman will be working together on these efforts at the Law School, in collaboration with Nadim Houry, founder and director of Arab Reform Initiative and member of the High Level panel. 

The report will focus on the use and abuse of measures and legislation to counter terrorism, to limit media freedoms and prosecute journalists. The report will also examine measures adopted to protect public order, including national security, which also impact on the rights of those exercising media freedoms.

The Project is part of a larger international media freedom campaign, which builds upon the work of the Global Conference for Media Freedom in July 2019 organized by the Canadian and UK governments.

The Sciences Po Law School Clinic is honored to be at the forefront of this important initiative” said Jeremy Perelman, Associate Professor at Sciences Po and Director of the Clinic. “Working internationally with top legal scholars, lawyers, journalists, media advocates, and governments on these challenging contemporary issues will provide a unique and valuable learning experience for our students.

Available for comment:

Anne Charbord
International Lawyer and Lecturer, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po

Jeanne Sulzer
International Lawyer and Lecturer, Sciences Po Law School and Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs

Jeremy Perelman
Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Programs, Sciences Po Law School

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