European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

ECRI Expert Seminar on combating racism while respecting freedom of expression

16-17 November 2006
Strasbourg, Human Rights Building
Salle de la Direction


Moderator: Professor Eva SMITH ASMUSSEN, Chair of ECRI

SESSION 1: Setting the frame


Welcome by Mr Philippe BOILLAT, Director General of Human Rights, Council of Europe

9:15 – 9:45

Combating racism while respecting freedom of expression: the challenges ahead

    - Ms Isil GACHET, Executive Secretary to ECRI
    - Ms Jolien SCHUKKING, Chair of the Committee of Experts for the Development of Human Rights of the Council of Europe
    - Ms Agnes CALLAMARD, Executive Director, Article 19
    - Mr Aidan WHITE, General Secretary, International Federation of Journalists

9:45 – 10:30


10:30 – 10:45

Coffee Break

Moderator: Ms Winnie SORGDRAGER, Vice-Chair of ECRI

SESSION 2: The destructive power of racist and discriminatory speech and expression: exploring the extent and the context

10:45 – 11:00

Racist discourse: a powerful tool for fostering and perpetuating ideologies of racism and racial discrimination

    - Professor Teun A. van DIJK, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

11:00 – 11:30

Racist and discriminatory expression in specific contexts:

    - Political sphere: Professor Bronislaw GEREMEK, member of the European Parliament
    - Media: Mr Andrea BONANNI, La Repubblica
    - Internet: Mr Yaman AKDENIZ, Director of Cyber-Rights and Cyber-Liberties

11:30 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:30

Lunch Break

Moderator: Ms Sandra COLIVER, Senior Legal Officer for Freedom of Information and Expression, Open Society Justice Initiative, Open Society Institute

SESSION 3: Defending freedom of expression and the right to be free from racism and racial discrimination: legal standards

14:30 – 14:45

International and European legal standards for combating racist expression

    - Mr Tarlach MCGONAGLE, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam

14:45 – 15:00

The case law of the European Court of Human Rights

    - Ms Françoise TULKENS, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights

15:00 – 15:20

The legislative framework and judicial review concerning racist and discriminatory expression in a selected number of European countries

    - Professor Andras SAJO, Chair of Comparative Constitutional Programs, Legal Studies Department, Central European University

15:20 – 16:30


16:30 – 16:45

Coffee Break

Moderator: Professor Gün KUT, member of ECRI

SESSION 4: Combating racism while respecting freedom of expression: policy responses I

16:45 – 17:00

Conclusions to be drawn from ECRI’s monitoring work

    - Professor Eva SMITH ASMUSSEN, Chair of ECRI

17:00 – 17:15

The recording and monitoring of racist expression: the challenges ahead

    - Ms Beate WINKLER, Director of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)

17:15 – 18:00


18.00 – 19.00


17 November 2006
Moderator: Mr Matthias TRAIMER, Member of the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) of the Council of Europe

SESSION 5: Combating racism while respecting freedom of expression: policy responses II

9:00 – 9:20

Education and training:

    Empowering minority groups
    - Mr Rui MONTEIRO, More Colour in the Media, Chairman of the Nordic Multiethnic Media Association (NORDSAM), Director of Invandrer TV
    Reporting diversity
    - Ms Milica PESIC, Director, Media Diversity Institute

9:20 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:20


    Political sphere
    - Mr Ed van THIJN, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
    - Ms Dunja MIJATOVIC, Vice-Chairperson of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) and Director of the Broadcasting Division in the Communications Regulatory Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina

10:20 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break

Moderator: Mr Nils MUIZNIEKS, member of ECRI

SESSION 6: Towards a common strategy

11:30 – 11:50

Presentation of the main findings by the Rapporteur of the seminar

    - Mr Michael HEAD, member of ECRI

11:50 – 12:30



Closing of the seminar