Moot Court Winners’ Interview

Vuk Cucic and his team from the Unviersity of Belgrade over came the odds and many more experienced teams to take home the top prize for the oral rounds AND best memorials at the 2011 International Rounds in Oxford of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. In this video you will find out what they did to prepare and hear some of the strategies of a winning team.

Nicole Stremlau on research

Nicole Stremlau discusses some of the issues around PCMLP’s research on media and conflict. This video was prepared by the Wold Bank’s 2011 World Development Report.


Moot Court Participants’ Interview

The third annual Price Moot Court Competition was held from March 24 – 27, 2010 at Oxford Uiversity and invited 27 teams from more than 18 countries. In the end, the team from Singapore Management University and School of Law won first place, with the Cardozo Law School team coming in second. In this video you will see interviews with many of the students who participated in that year’s competition to give you a taste of what it’s like.

Founder on the Moot Court Programme

Monroe E. Price, is the founder of the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford and the Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Here he explains a lit bit about the motivation behind creating the International Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

2012 International Rounds in Oxford, Finals – Part 1

2012 International Rounds in Oxford – Finals at Rhodes House
Part 1 – Introduction and Applicant begins their argument
Saturday, 23 March, 2012

Part 1 of the full video of the finals of the International Rounds of the 2012 Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, where Sourav Roy and Kunal Singh representing NALSAR University of Law, Hyderbad, India, faced off against Silas Morrison and James Chin representing the University of Technology, Sydney. Esteemed judges on the finals bench were: The Hon. Mr. Justice Michael Tugendhat, Justice Zdravka Kalaydjieva, Mr. Shardul S. Shroff, Mr. Peter Rees, Mr. Jonathan Blake, Mr. Timothy Endicott, and Mr. Osama Abu-Dehays. Held in Rhodes House at the University of Oxford.


Media & Governance Seminar 6

An Anthropological Analysis of the use of media for political mobilization – Dr. John Postill
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A great deal has been written about the role of new media in recent episodes of social unrest in the Middle East, Europe, North America and other regions. However, missing from most discussions is a careful consideration of the processual dimensions of these struggles. Instead we are often given synoptic accounts that fail to take into account the unique constellations of media actors, technologies and arenas that will obtain at different stages of a conflict. In this paper I find inspiration in the Manchester School of Anthropology’s emphasis on the ‘processual form’ of a political conflict (Postill 2011). Drawing from a year’s anthropological fieldwork in Barcelona (Spain), I reconstruct the shifting mediascape of Spain’s 15-M or indignados movement, from its roots in an online mobilisation against an anti-digital piracy bill through its square occupation phase to more recent events, including its seminal influence on the global Occupy movement. I argue that markedly distinct mediascapes did indeed shape – and were in turn shaped – by a heterogeneous assortment of political actors at different phases of the conflict, including a strange webfellowship of (micro)bloggers, hackers, technopreneurs, lawyers and students during the preparatory stages of the 15 May marches. It is within such transient configurations, I propose, that we can best assess the significance of different media technologies to the birth, growth and eventual demise of a protest movement. I end by briefly considering the potential applicability of this processual approach to other social unrest case studies.

John Postill is an anthropologist who specialises in media and internet studies. He has a PhD in anthropology from University College London (UCL) and is senior lecturer in media at Sheffield Hallam University. He has conducted fieldwork in Malaysia and Spain and is the author of Media and Nation Building (2006) and Localizing the Internet (2011) and the co-editor of Theorising Media and Practice (2010). Currently he is writing a book about social media and protest, with special reference to Spain’s indignados movement.

Moot Court Training video

The final round of the 3rd Annual International Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition between the Singapore Management University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. For students planning on participating in the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in the future, this is an excellent video to watch to see two excellent teams going head to head on issues of freedom of expression.

Media & Governance Seminar 4

China’s International Outreach: Soft Power and the Soft Use of Power – Dr. Gary Rawnsley
Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Gary Rawnsley, Professor of International Communication at the University of Leeds, analyses China’s approach to soft power. China has been exploring new and innovative techniques of attracting global attention, while also embracing History and traditional culture as themes that can resonate with international audiences. The research presented in this seminar is an attempt to begin the process of de-Westernising soft power and to understand the disjuncture between China’s aspirations and the external perceptions of its actions. The presentation will critique China’s current international outreach strategy and question the emphasis on cultural approaches to soft power. Finally it will suggest that soft power cannot be a panacea for problems in the hard power domain.

Media & Governance Seminar 3

Can Strategic Narrative Be Effective? Infrastructure, Intention, Experience – Ben O’Loughlin Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ben O’Loughlin analyses how strategic narratives are a means for political actors to construct a shared meaning of international politics to shape the behaviour of domestic and international actors. They are critical to explaining change in the international system. In his presentation he examines three challenges in particular: (i) how changing information infrastructures alter how shared meanings are constructed; (ii) why many narratives seem to escape the intentions of their original authors; and (iii) to which extent target audiences may ‘buy in’ to a major power’s narrative but still not experience international politics as that major power hoped.

Media & Governance Seminar 2

The eParticipation Ecology of Kenya – Vincenzo Cavallo
Wednesday, February 1, 2012