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Press regulation in a converging environment



With the Leveson Inquiry, the proposed reform of defamation law and a forthcoming revision of the Communications Act 2003, Government has the unenviable task of re-designing the existing regulatory framework for the media, including the press. This seminar will consider the need for a statutory regulatory scheme for the press and the difficulties of preserving freedom of expression while protecting and balancing other fundamental rights.

Biographical note

Dr Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. His publications include EDI and the Law (1989), Information Technology and the Law (1990), EDI Audit and Control (1993), Cross-border Electronic Banking (2nd ed., 2000), Telecommunications Law Handbook (1997), E-Commerce Law and Practice in Europe (2001), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (3rd ed., 2009), Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2007) and Media Law and Practice (2009). Ian has been involved in law reform projects for the World Bank, the European Commission, UNCTAD, UNECE and the EBRD, as well as for a number of individual states. Ian was awarded a Council of Europe Human Rights Fellowship (1987-88); was a National Expert to the European Commission DG-Industry (1995-96); and a Board Member and Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation (2004-2009). Ian is a solicitor and Of Counsel to Baker & McKenzie. He is a member of the Press Complaints Commission and is on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.

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4.00pm - 6.00pmThursday 11th October 2012