2015 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION LITIGATION WORKSHOP for South African Lawyers

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Application Deadline: 31st July 2015

JOHANNESBURG 16 – 18 SEPTEMBER 2015

The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) will hold a litigation workshop on the right to freedom of expression for lawyers working in Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The workshop, to be held in Johannesburg on 16, 17 and 18 September 2015, is designed to assist lawyers who are currently working on issues involving infringements and limitations of expression, or who have potential cases in this area.

Objectives of the Workshop

  • To identify cases on the right to freedom of expression that could be pursued before domestic courts in southern Africa and/or African fora;
  • To equip lawyers with the necessary skills and knowledge regarding the right to freedom of expression, litigation strategies, and the available African human rights mechanisms.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • The application process is open to lawyers from Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
  • The candidate must demonstrate an interest in, and knowledge of, freedom of expression issues and international and regional human rights law;
  • The candidate must be involved in, or considering, litigating a case/s that addresses violations of the right to freedom of expression (such as criminal defamation, insult laws and other infringements of expression) and must submit at least one case study of the case/s in which they are working to be discussed during the workshop;
  • Preference will be given to lawyers already working in freedom of expression, but exceptional candidates who have experience in other areas of human rights law who intend to litigate on the right to freedom of expression will be considered.

 

Application Procedure:

  • All applicants must complete the application form and submit it, along with the case summaries, to Caroline James, freedom of expression lawyer at SALC, at [email protected] by 31 July 2015.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email by no later than 8 August 2015, and telephonic interviews (if necessary) will be held on 11 August 2015.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION LITIGATION WORKSHOP

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