Focus on defamation: a new Council of Europe study draws attention to dangers of ‘forum shopping’ in defamation cases

20 September 2019 Strasbourg

What we say online can generate enormous impacts across the globe. Owing to the growing inter-connectedness of modern societies, a defamatory statement published online in one state can be accessed instantly and nearly everywhere. For the courts, this creates a challenge: an allegedly defamatory...

Read More

Cascade training for judges and prosecutors on libel and hate speech

15-16 November 2018 Teslić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

At the two-day cascade training, organized by the Centre for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Republika Srpska, held on 15-16 November 2018, the main topics were defamation and hate speech off and online from the perspective of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as from the local...

Read More

Training for lawyers on Freedom of expression and Defamation

9-10 October 2018 Bitola, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

Under the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, on 9 and 10 October 2018, the Council of Europe co-organised, in...

Read More

Seminar on Article 10 of European Convention on Human Rights: Freedom of Expression in local courts of BiH

13-14 September 2018 Bjelašnica, BiH

Svjetlana Milišić-Veličkovski Judge of the Supreme Court of the Federation of BiH and Council of Europe educator on Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights, has opened the third cascade training for judges and prosecutors, organised in partnership between the Council of Europe and...

Read More

Freedom of Expression and Defamation by Tarlach McGonagle published in Albanian language

12 October 2018

A new practical tool for the Albanian judiciary is added to the literature on Freedom of Expression in Albanian. Freedom of expression is a fundamental freedom, one of the cornerstones of democracy in Europe, enshrined in various key texts, including the European Convention on Human Rights. But...

Read More

Training on freedom of expression in relation to media - defamation & good administration of justice

4-5 September 2018 Suhareka, Kosovo*

Within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX),” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a training on defamation and good administration of...

Read More

Decriminalisation of defamation: Council of Europe guidance on proportionality of laws and conformity with human rights

13 July 2018

Aware of the potential chilling effect of overprotective defamation laws on freedom of expression and public debate, the Council of Europe promotes decriminalisation of defamation and provides guidance to its member states to ensure proportionality of defamation laws and their application with...

Read More

Training on freedom of expression and defamation took place in Skopje

10-11 July 2018 Skopje

Within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX),” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a training course on freedom of expression and...

Read More

Joint Training for Trainers for judges and prosecutors of Kosovo* and Albania

17-18 May 2018 Pristina

A two-day training for trainers of judges and prosecutors from Kosovo* and Albania took place in Pristina on 17-18 May 2018. Participants had an opportunity to expand their knowledge on freedom of expression and methodology on delivering training on this topic. Participants were presented with...

Read More

Training for lawyers on defamation cases and freedom of expression cases in Tirana

23 March 2018 Tirana, Albania

A one day in-service training for lawyers in the format of a legal clinic on defamation cases and the balancing act in freedom of expression cases was organised on 23 March 2018 in Tirana, Albania, by the Albanian Bar Association within the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing...

Read More

Training with judges and prosecutors on Freedom of Expression & Defamation - National and International Standards in Pristina

22-23 February 2018 Pristina

In close cooperation with the Academy of Justice, JUFREX has organised a two-day training with judges and prosecutors. Around 30 participants including judges, prosecutors and trainers participated in the training. The group was comprised of representatives of both Serb and Albanian communities...

Read More

Training for lawyers on Freedom of Expression & Defamation - Local and International Standards in Pristina

21 February 2018 Pristina

Together with the Bar Association, JUFREX organised a training for lawyers on national and international standards on defamation. About 20 young lawyers participated in the training. The training was organised in three sessions: national legal framework on defamation, national institutional...

Read More

Training for lawyers on defamation cases organised in Tirana

23 February 2018 Tirana, Albania

A one day in-service training for lawyers entitled “The balancing exercise of defamation cases—Balancing reputation rights and freedom of speech” was organised on 23 February in Tirana, Albania, by the Albanian Bar Association within the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing...

Read More

Defamation and Journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

10 February 2018 Trebevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Inter-professional seminar for the media and judiciary actors, within the framework of joint program of EU and Council of Europe, “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in South East Europe” (JUFREX), took place on 10th and 11th of February 2018, on...

Read More