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Justice Wide Open

Open justice in the digital age: 'Justice Wide Open'

Wednesday 29th February 2012, 9am - 2pm at City University London, room A130 in College Building

This free SRA and BSB accredited (3 CPD points) half-day seminar hosted by the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism had practitioners and academics from law and journalism look at the future of legal knowledge in the 21st century. They examined the history and context of the flow of legal knowledge and open justice, as well as court reporting and the media.

Please note that  conference papers will be published by CLJJ after the event.

Programme

Speakers

Speaker Biographies

For further information please see the Open Justice in the Digital Era project page

The UK Supreme Court leads the way in dissemination of information via the internet and television, but other courts in England and Wales have yet to catch up. Publication of legal information has grown up in a piecemeal fashion in the digital era - part privatized, with few central guidelines. The so-called "super injunction" furore was partly fuelled by a lack of public data, something the Master of the Rolls is now seeking to remedy.

Participants will be invited to discuss how judicial information and courts data could be made more easily accessible to journalists, lawyers and researchers and the general public, and consider the legal and ethical implications of an increasingly open and digitised approach. 

A set of papers will be published following the event, which will be distributed to academics, lawyers, journalists and members of government and the judiciary. The event will be reported on the CLJJ blog. You can also find the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism on Facebook and Twitter

Speakers include:

  • Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC, Founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers and 'distinguished jurist' member of the United Nations Justice Council
  • Mr Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Dr David Goldberg, information rights academic and activist
  • Ms Emily Allbon, law librarian, City Law School
  • Ms Heather Brooke, journalist and activist
  • Mr Mike Dodd, editor of PA Media Lawyer
  • Mr Adam Wagner, barrister, One Crown Office Row and editor of the UK Human Rights Blog
  • Mr William Perrin, founder, Talk About Local and member of the Crime and Justice Sector Panel on Transparency
  • Professor Ian Cram, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Leeds
  • Dr Lawrence McNamara, Reader in Law and ESRC/AHRC Research Fellow, University of Reading