South Asia Regional Rounds

The seventh annual South Asia Regional Rounds, hosted in partnership with the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi, will take place from 17 to 20 November, 2016 in Delhi. More information can be found here.

Peking-Oxford-Stanford Internet Law and Policy Conference

The annual conference brings together academics from Peking, Stanford and Oxford Universities to discuss and debate topics such as Innovation and Development; Cybersecurity; and Privacy and Data Protection, among other topics. A full agenda will be available shortly.  Details of the previous conference, hosted at Oxford, can be found here.

Communicating in Troubled Times: A Conversation on Media and Democracy ahead of the 2017 Elections

Traditional and digital media play a significant role in conflicts that accompany and follow transitions to democracy. The way they interact with political and civil society actors is determinant in framing particularly critical moments in the political history of a country, such as contested elections or controversial campaigns. The nexus of media, politics and civil society can determine the possibility to stymie the risk of violence or hold authorities or security forces to account. The aim of this workshop is to bring together political authorities, journalists, civil society activists and academics to discuss the nexus of media and politics against the backdrop of the 2013 political elections and the 2014 anti-terror operation Usalama Watch, while looking ahead to the 2017 elections. The three roundtables will encourage a dialogue and discussion about “what went right” and “what went wrong” during these critical events that tested the resilience of Kenyan democracy. Moreover, by highlighting critical issues, the discussion will likely offer insights and food for thought ahead of 2017 elections.

The full MeCoDem Workshop Programme is available.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

For seventeen years, the Institute has brought together top early career communications scholars, media lawyers and regulators, internet governance experts, and freedom of expression and human rights activists from countries around the world to discuss the effects of technology and policy from a global and multidisciplinary perspective. The Summer Institute provides participants with an intensive two week interdisciplinary curriculum that combines expert instruction from media policymakers and scholars with hands-on activities such as stakeholder mapping, policy analysis, group case studies, and participant presentations. Additional information on this programme can be found here.

Social Media: Foundations of the Cyber-Society and the Role of Law

In association with the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society

In enabling the creation and rapid spread of social media, the internet has created a new social arena in which vast numbers of people are engaged.

In common with other social arenas, such as the family, the school, the corporation, cyber-society is rapidly developing its own social structure of understandings, normative conventions, and regulatory mechanisms.

This workshop will identify the key concepts that make up the cognitive, normative, and regulatory structure of the cyber-society, and consider the implications of these amorpohous and unregulated online social spaces for personal identity, freedom of expression, privacy, and state sovereignty.


Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
Iginio Gagliardone, British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Bernie Hogan, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
Jacob Rowbottom, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford
Nicole Stremlau, Research Fellow, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford
Damian Tambini, Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, LSE
Ying Yu, Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, and Programme Coordinator, FLJS Consumer Rights in China Programme

Arcs in Internet Regulation: Assessing New Directions

We are pleased to announce that the University of Oxford will be hosting the forthcoming conference on “Arcs in Internet Regulation: Assessing New Directions” on November 23rd and 24th in Oxford.  This is part of the annual Peking-Oxford-Stanford series in Internet Law and Policy. This conference builds on previous annual events and focuses on significant issues in Internet law and policy that will require attention in the coming years, such as digital human rights, smart cities, new technologies and courts, and Internet governance and development.

The conference draws primarily on the strengths of the three universities involved, and their networks, bringing together a unique collection of scholars and students, government officials, corporate executives, and civil society representatives with the goal of informing research and strengthening the understanding of alternative viewpoints with a focus on the US, Europe and China, as well as global challenges

This is an extraordinary opportunity to debate and discuss the future of the Internet. The Conference is hosted by the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, with generous support from Tencent. Additional information can be found here.

Media, Elections and Conflicts in Africa

Joint workshop with the Centre de Recherché en Information et Communication, ULB

The workshop gathers researchers working on the interaction between media and politics in Africa. More specifically, it builds bridges between Francophone and Anglophone researchers exploring the role of the media in different cultural regions of the continent, as the media systems, journalists’ practices or the economy of the sector show some striking contrasts, from one place to the other. The colonial legacy still has a strong impact on, for instance, the language used by the newspapers, the organization of the broadcasting sector and the involvement of the state in shaping the internet and new media.

The discussion will focus on key issues around elections and conflicts. Whenever possible contemporary papers and analyses will be mixed with more historical approaches. The workshop will seek to focus on historical trajectories and the political ideas and ideologies that have shaped the development of media. Countries to be discussed include Ethiopia, the DRC, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa and Burundi.

International Rounds of the Price Moot Court

The International Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme take place in Oxford, United Kingdom. Further information about the International Rounds, and associated seminars and events, can be found here.

Americas Rounds of the Price Moot Court

The Americas Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme are organised in collaboration with our partners at the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School (University of Pennsylvania), and the Cardozo School of Law, New York. Further information about the Americas Rounds, and associated seminars and events, can be found here.

South East Europe Rounds of the Price Moot Court

The South East Europe Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme are organised in collaboration with our partners at the University of Belgrade. Further information about the South East Europe Rounds, and associated seminars and events, can be found here.