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International standards of freedom of expression


About This Course

Please note: The course has now been archived. You are welcome to access the materials and audit the course, but quizzes and forums are deactivated and no longer available. Please also note that certificates will no longer be issued upon completion.

The Bonavero Institute and UNESCO are delighted to announce a joint MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on international standards of freedom of expression. The MOOC will cover regional and international human rights law safeguards for freedom of expression, including press freedom, access to public information, safety of journalists and challenges created by the digital world. The course is free and open to legal professionals from all justice systems with an interest in human rights.

An exceptional opportunity to deepen your knowledge: The five weekly Modules are convened by academics and supplemented by the insights and experiences of prominent guest speakers. Every module introduces and discusses a pertinent topic with respect to the international and regional protection of freedom of expression: each features accessible background material, comprehension quizzes, and a forum for further discussion on our Canvas platform, as well as a live Webinar (recordings will be provided for those who cannot attend). The language of instruction is English, with further language versions planned for the future.

Confirmed Guest Speakers: Judge Stella I. Anukam (African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights) Catalina Botero Marino (Universidad de Los Andes, Facebook Oversight Board), Nani Jansen Reventlow (Digital Freedom Fund), Baroness Helena Kennedy QC (UK House of Lords, Doughty Street Chambers), Irene Khan (Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Opinion and Expression), Jeanette Manning (Director National Association of Attorneys General), Karuna Nundy (Lawyer at the Supreme Court of India), Judge Darian Pavli (European Court of Human Rights, Albania), Judge Ricardo Perez Manrique (Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Costa Rica).

Module 1: General principles and Scope (Webinar convened by Prof Nazila Ghanea, Faculty of Law) Module 2: Limitations (Webinar convened by Prof Sandra Fredman QC (hon), Faculty of Law) Module 3: Access to information (Webinar convened by Prof Liz Fisher, Faculty of Law) Module 4: Safety of Journalists (Webinar convened by Meera Selva, Deputy Director of the Reuters Institute) Module 5: Digitalisation (Webinar convened by Prof Kate O’Regan, Director of the Bonavero Institute & Dr Stefan Theil, Faculty of Law)


No prior requirements, but an interest and general knowledge of law and human rights is helpful.

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