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Media Lawyers’ Networks

Supporting the Establishment of Networks of Media Lawyers Globally

The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), with funding from the Global Media Defence Fund managed by UNESCO, is providing support for the formation and development of national networks of media lawyers. Such networks bring together legal professionals who seek to protect media freedom and freedom of expression. They can serve as forums for professional collaboration, knowledge sharing, advocacy and capacity building.

If you are lawyer with expertise in media law, and are interested in joining or developing such a network, you can make use of the resources below or email info@law-democracy.org for more information.


On 20 October 2022 at 10:00 Eastern Time/16:00 Central European Time, CLD will offer a webinar on the topic of Introduction to Defamation and Hate Speech. The webinar will introduce international human rights law standards on these two complex and important restrictions on freedom of expression. It is intended for lawyers who work at the national level and may be interested in enhancing their understanding of international law standards in this area. An agenda is available here. The registration link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a89rNmqSQBa20Ux2aakQPQ

For details about future webinars, check this page or contact us to join our email list at info@law-democracy.org.


Project Brochures: Brochures describing the project and the concept of a media lawyers’ network are available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish (click on the appropriate language to download).

Background Note on Establishing a Media Lawyers’ Network: This Note provides an introduction to the role of media lawyers’ networks and outlines organisational issues for lawyers to consider when establishing a network, such as questions of governance, membership and funding. The Note is available in English, French and Spanish.

Model Constitution: This Model Constitution can serve as an initial template for developing a constitution or articles of incorporation for a new media lawyers’ network. It is available in English in pdf and word, in French in pdf and word and in Spanish in pdf and word

Guide on Using International Freedom of Expression Norms in Domestic Courts: This short but focused Guide aims to serve as a resource for lawyers seeking to use international legal standards relating to freedom of expression to enhance their domestic litigation. It is available in English, Spanish and French.

Model Training Materials: Overview of Freedom of Expression under International Law: These training materials are designed as a resource for networks of media lawyers and other organisations which are working to build the capacity of lawyers to use international human rights standards, especially at the domestic level. The Materials consist of: 1) a Background Reading document describing in some detail the core standards; 2) sample exercises that can be used as part of training programmes; 3) discussion questions, again for training; and 4) sample agendas for a 1.5 hour or one-half-day workshop based on the materials. They are available in English here