Draft programme as of 07/09/16

Strasbourg, Agora building, Room G03

8:30 Registration of participants and welcome coffee
9:30 Opening and welcome by Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
9:45 Address by Mr Mart Laanemäe, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
10:00 Address by Dr. h.c. Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the Federal Government of Germany for the OSCE Chairmanship
10:15 High Level Panel: human rights standards and practice – constantly on the verge of conflict

Moderator: Mr Mart Laanemäe, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia


  • Ms Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Special Representative on Freedom of the Media;
  • Prof. Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy;
  • Ms Marietje Schaake, Member of European Parliament;
  • Mr Robert Spano, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights;
  • Mr Volodymyr Ariev, Chairperson of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;
11:30 Coffee Break
12:00 A human rights approach to Internet freedom – best practices
and leading examples

ModeratorProf. Katrin Nyman-Metcalf, Head of Research at the Estonian e-Governance Academy, Head of Chair of Law and Technology, Tallinn University of Technology


  • Mr Oliver Schenk, Legal Adviser, Office of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Germany;,
  • Ms. Karmen Turk, Lecturer of IT-Law in University of Tartu;
  • Mr. Carl Fredrik Wettermark, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Co-Chair of the Working group “Digital Development and Openness” in the Freedom Online Coalition
  • Ms. Xianhong Hu, Division for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO;
  • Mr. Stephen Lowe, Head of Equality& Democracy, Human Rights & Democracy Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK;
  • Mr. Frane Maroevic, Director of the Office of the OSCE RFOM
13:00 Lunch break
14:30 New Horizons for Internet Governance – bringing actors together

Moderator: Mr. Matthew Shears, Co-Chair of the Working group “An Internet Free and Secure” Freedom Online Coalition


  • Ms. Pauline Adès-Mével, Head of EU-Balkans and new media desk, Reporters without Borders;
  • Ms. Sanja Kelly, Director Freedom on the Net, Freedom House;
  • Ms. Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive Index on Censorship;
  • Mr. Allon Bar, Policy and Engagement Manager, Ranking Digital Rights;
  • Ms. Alexandria Walden, Counsel, Free Expression & Human Rights, Google;
  • Prof. Michael Rotert, Honorary Spokesman, EuroISPA, Chairman of the Association of the German Internet Industry;
  • Prof. Yaman Akdeniz, Istanbul Bilgi University.


Final remarks by conference rapporteur Dr. Matthias Kettemann, University of Frankfurt/Main


Conclusions – Mr. Philippe Boillat, Director General, Human Rights and the Rule
of Law, Council of Europe; Mr. Mart Laanemäe, Undersecretary of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of Estonia; Mr. Sebastian Gerhardt , Team Coordinator, OSCE Task Force, Federal Foreign Office Berlin.


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