The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is a research and policy programme that brings together scholars, policymakers and practitioners to study contemporary issues in global media law and policy. We have a particular interest in understanding media and governance in transitioning and fragile states. We strive to do this from different perspectives and we emphasize the importance of the culture and values of all the actors, both local and international.
PCMLP explores the vast changes in media policy across the world from multiple disciplines- law, politics, international relations, economics and anthropology, among others. It is our view that today’s substantial challenges in this field are best understood through solid empirical research that is grounded in historical context and emerges from a dialogue between all those involved and affected.
We achieve our objectives through three primary activities: conducting academic and policy relevant research; supporting and developing our network; and offering academic training and support.
PCMLP hosts several annual events including the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition and the Annenberg-Oxford summer school on global media policy. The Secretariat of the International Media Lawyers Association (IMLA) is also based at PCMLP.
PCMLP works closely with the Centre for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) which is based at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.