|Steering Committee (CDMSI)|
|Bureau of the Committee (CDMSI-BU)|
|Former Steering Committee (CDMC)|
|Former Bureau of the Committee (CDMC-BU)|
|Rights of Internet Users|
|Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building|
|FORMER GROUPS OF SPECIALISTS|
|Public Service Media Governance|
|Protection Neighbouring Rights of Broadcasting Organisations|
|Public service Media|
hate speech - Living together on-line"
Reykjavik - Iceland
28-29 May 2009
|European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG)|
|Committee of Ministers texts|
|Parliamentary Assembly texts|
Dr. Yaman Akdeniz is the founder and director of Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) <http://www.cyber-rights.org>), a non-profit civil liberties organisation since 1997. He worked as a Senior Lecturer in Law at the CyberLaw Research Unit, School of Law, University of Leeds (United Kingdom) between February 2001- May 2009. Currently, Dr. Akdeniz is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Leeds, and continues to research in the field of Internet related legal and policy issues. Dr. Akdeniz will also be employed as an Associate Professor in Law, at the Faculty of Law, Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey from September 2009. Among others, his publications include, Internet Child Pornography and the Law: National and International Responses, (Ashgate, 2008), and Internet: Restricted Access: A Critical Assessment of Internet Content Regulation and Censorship in Turkey (with Altiparmak, K., 2008). Racism on the Internet, will be published during 2009 by the Council of Europe Publishing series on Human Rights and the Internet.
David Thor Björgvinsson has been Judge of the European Court of Human Rights since 1 November 2004. After studying law at the University of Iceland and Duke University, North Carolina, United States he was a Assistant Judge at the Civil Court of Reykjavik from 1987 to 1988 before working as Associate Professor of Law, University of Iceland (1989-93), Référendaire at the EFTA Court, Geneva and Luxembourg, (from 1993-96 and 1999-2003), Professor of Law, University of Iceland (1996-2003), Professor of Constitutional Law and International Public Law, University of Reykjavik from 2003.
Bill Bowring is an acknowledged expert on Human Rights, International Law and Soviet, Post-Soviet and Russian Law. He was appointed Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London in September 2006 and is a practising barrister. Prof. Bowring founded in 2003 and is Chair of the International Steering Committee of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), which, in partnership with the Russian NGO Memorial and the Bar Human Rights Committee, is assisting with over 150 cases against Russia, Georgia and Latvia to the European Court of Human Rights. In his role as a barrister, he has represented applicants before the ECHR in cases against Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Russia, and Turkey. He regularly acts as expert for the Council of Europe (DGI, DGII and DGIV) on human and minority rights issues, and works as a trainer and expert for the Council, the European Union, Amnesty International and others. He has written more than 60 publications on topics of international law, human rights, minority rights and Russian law, in which he is an expert and regularly contributes to EU-Russia Centre publications and events. He is International Secretary of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, and President of the European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (in eight European countries). He serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, is a Member of the Council of Liberty, and a Trustee of the Redress Trust, working for torture survivors. Prof. Bowring speaks fluent Russian and previously taught at University of East London, Essex University and London Metropolitan University.
Stig Finslo, executive vice president in Edda Media since 2006. Former journalist and editor in several local and national newspapers (1977 – 1991), assistant secretary general in The Association of Norwegian Editors (1992 – 2002), director in Orkla Media (2003 – 2006). Finslo is a member of the Board of Directors in MBL (The Norwegian Publishers Association), NTB (The Norwegian News Agency), Berlingske Medier in Denmark, Supervisory Board of Presspublica (Poland) and in the International Press Institute (Vienna). Finslo is educated at the University of Oslo in religion and political science.
William Horsley is an experienced journalist and the international representative of the Association of European Journalists, an independent organisation of media professionals across Europe. He speaks for the AEJ at the Council of Europe and other international organisations and is chairman of the AEJ's UK Section. As a BBC news correspondent for many years he reported widely from Asia, Europe and other parts of the world for BBC TV and Radio.
He has written on international affairs for many journals including the International Herald Tribune and The Economist,and published several surveys of media-government relations across Europe for the AEJ. He is also the international director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield in the UK. He writes regular columns for the websites of CFOM and the BBC's College of Journalism and many of his articles appear on BBC News Online.
Peter Noorlander is a lawyer who specialises in the fields of media law and human rights. He is currently Legal Director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative <http://www.mediadefence.org/> , a new organisation established to support the legal defence of journalists and independent media outlets. He previously worked for the Open Society Institute's Media Program <http://www.soros.org/initiatives/media> , where he ran the media legal defence portfolio, and ARTICLE 19 <http://www.article19.org/> , an organisation that works around the world to protect and promote freedom of expression and information.
Róisín Pillay is a Senior Legal Adviser at the International Commission of Jurists where she is responsible for the ICJ’s European programme. She studied law at Trinity College Dublin and at the University of Cambridge, and qualified as a barrister in Ireland. After graduation, Róisín worked for the Irish Law Reform Commission and for several human rights NGOs. She was Senior Legal Officer at JUSTICE, working on implementation of the Human Rights Act from 2000 to 2002, and an adviser to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights from 2002 to 2006. She has also been a managing editor and book review editor of the European Human Rights Law Review.
Jon Silverman is Professor of Media & Criminal Justice at the University of Bedfordshire. He is also a freelance Journalist/Broadcaster and Author. He is a frequent contributor to BBC radio and TV programmes and was criminal justice analyst for BBC News Online. For thirteen years, 1989-2002, he was the BBC Home/Legal Affairs Correspondent.
He is the Author of two books – one on crack cocaine and the Yardies (1994) and one on sex offenders, media and society (2002). He is currently writing a book about the impact of a changing media on senior criminal justice policy-makers. He is a regular conference chair and has trained journalists in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, the Central African Republic and Macedonia. He is an authority on international war crimes tribunals.
Dirk Voorhoof is Professor at Ghent University and Lecturer at Copenhagen University, Faculty of Law. Acted at several occasions as an expert for the Council of Europe, Directorate of Human Rights, in the field of freedom of expression, access to official documents and media regulation. He was member of the Belgian Federal Commission on Access to Administrative Documents (1994-2004) and is actually member of the Flemish Media Council and of the Flemish Regulator for the Media. Regular publications, articles and reports on freedom of expression, media regulation and journalism ethics, in Auteurs & Media (Larcier, Brussels), Mediaforum (Otto Cramwinckel, IVIR/VMC, Amsterdam), Juristenkrant (Kluwer, Belgium) and Iris, Legal Observations, European Audiovisual Observatory, Strasbourg. He co--organised in 2008 the Conference “Recent developments in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on Freedom of Expression”, European Court of Human Rights, Ghent University and Université Robert Schuman Strasbourg, with Justice Initiative, 10 October 2008, http://www-ircm.u-strasbg.fr/seminaire_oct2008/index.htm. For more information and a list of publications, see www.psw.ugent.be/dv
Aidan White is the General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists. He was born in Derry, Ireland, and educated in the United Kingdom where he learned his trade as a journalist. He is 57.
He joined the International Federation of Journalists from The Guardian in 1987. He has worked as a reporter, feature writer, sub-editor, and editorial manager for leading regional and national newspapers in Britain. Throughout this time he has been an active trades unionist. Today he campaigns for the rights of journalists worldwide. He has written extensively on the social and professional conditions of journalism.
He is an international consultant on press rights and journalistic ethics and has produced reports for UNESCO, the ILO, the UN Human Rights Commission, the Council of Europe, and the European Union. He has extensive knowledge of the human rights field.