South Asia Rounds of the Price Moot Court

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

Innovative Media for Change: Opportunities and Challenges of Media Cooperation in Transitional Justice

A launch workshop by Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) and Fondation Hirondelle for a new online platform The workshop aims at developing a better understanding of what role different media can play to inform the practice and policy-making of TJ processes. We are particularly interested in exploring the complex relationship between academic research, the practices of TJ institutions and the media.

For this purpose, this international workshop will bring together journalists, academics and TJ practitioners to discuss the following questions: 

–          In what ways can media influence transitional justice policy-making and practice?

–          How can innovative media tools be used to inform different audiences about global, national and local TJ processes?

–          What are the challenges for independent media coverage and analysis in volatile conflict- and post-conflict settings and how can they be addressed?

–          What are possible pathways to an effective collaboration between academia, TJ institutions and media?

–          How can JusticeInfo.Net be tailored in terms of content, format and methodology to address the needs of affected communities and to empower local media?

 If you would like to attend the workshop please RSVP to Elena Butti ( by 15 June 2015. 

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Proving the Impact of Communication

C4D Network panel discussion ‘Proving the impact of communication’ where we will explore the pressures and the ‘how to’ of proving that communications work with lots of time for questions and discussion.

The speakers for the event are:

Kate Lloyd-Morgan of Mediae Trust who will discuss her research on the impact of ‘Shamba Shape-Up’ a TV show on farming in Kenya.

Nicole Stremlau from the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford, who will discuss her research ‘In Search of Evidence’ in the field of media assistance.

Sarah Cardey, Lecturer in International Development, University of Reading, who will discuss some of the difficulties experienced in proving impact on an agricultural project in Uganda.

The Chair will be Mary Myers from the C4D Network.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

We are looking forward to welcoming our 2015 cohort of participants to the annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute. For over 15 years PCMLP has organised this event, most recently in collaboration with the Centre for Global Communications Studies (CGCS) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.   It is a unique opportunity for young scholars and regulators from around the world to discuss important recent trends in technology, international politics and development and its influence on media policy. Further details about the programme can be found on the Institute’s dedicated website.

Sharia and Constitutionalism in Islamic Societies

This year’s Annual Socio-Legal Lecture will be given by Professor Abduallhi An-Na’im, the Howard Candler Professor of Law and Emory University.  Professor An-Na’im has written extensively about freedom of expression issues in Islamic law. This lecture will focus on “Sharia and Constitutionalism in Islamic Societies”.

The lecture will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.

Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im  (from Sudan) is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law. An-Na‘im is the author of many acclaimed books including: What is an American Muslim (2014); Muslims and Global Justice (2011); Islam and the Secular State (2008); African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam (2006); and Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil liberties, human rights and international law (1990).  He also published more than 60 articles and book chapters on human rights, constitutionalism and Islam and politics in African and Islamic countries.

Seminar Series on Media and Governance in Developing Countries

This seminar series explores the role the media play as political actors in developing countries and fragile states. It gathers scholars from a variety of disciplines to examine how old and new media are used to support different political agenda: from foreign countries trying to win the hearts and minds of a local population to local governments aiming at increasing their ability to communicate with, but also exercise control over, their citizens. Particular attention will be paid to understanding how flows of information can be mapped in contexts characterized by an increasing media density, resulting from the liberalization of the airwaves, the diffusion of mobile phones and new media, and the persistence of traditional modes of communication.

The seminar series is part of a year-long programme of events organized by the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) at the University of Cambridge, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Politics (PCMLP), Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, at the University of Oxford and the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

ROUND TABLE: Dr Sharath Srinivasan, Dr Florence Brisset-Foucault, University of Cambridge, Dr Iginio Gagliardone, University of Oxford

Dr Vincenzo Cavallo, Cultural Video Foundation, Nairobi

Professor Ben O’Loughlin, Royal Holloway, University of London

Professor Gary Rawnsley, University of Leeds

Professor Marie Gillespie, Open University

Dr John Postill, Sheffield Hallam University

~ All are welcome, please email for further information ~

**If you missed this series, we have made the videos available online in the MULTIMEDIA section of this website.

The eParticipation Ecology of Kenya

The post-election dispute that erupted in Kenya in 2007/2008 caused not only clashes followed by widespread violence and forced internal migrations but also the beginning of a new technological era for the Kenyan tech community and the Kenyan media activist scene. This talk will explore how a set of new analytical tools can be employed to study how new technologies can be used to gain power by different types of activists. Dr Vincenzo Cavallo will reflect in particular on the concept of Informational Multitude and on the model he developed during his research in Kenya, the eParticipation Ecologies, discussing possible applications for future research projects and political actions.

Speaker: Dr Vincenzo Cavallo (Cultural Video Foundation, Nairobi) is a visual artist, academic and a media activist. Since 2003 he has been producing video documentaries and developed participation platforms for independent media companies, national and international broadcasters, cultural institutions, no profit organizations and social movements. In 2009 he developed, a participatory platform using the Ushahidi software to map public space and public art in Nairobi.

The event is part of the seminar series “MEDIA AND GOVERNANCE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: NETWORKS OF POWER AND STRATEGIC NARRATIVES” organized by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP). For more information, please contact

**If you missed the seminar, we have made the video of the event available online in the MULTIMEDIA section of this website.

Can Strategic Narratives be Effective? Infrastructure, Intention, Experience

A decade of attempts by the US and UK to “win hearts and minds” has thrown up a series of conceptual and practical difficulties for leaders seeking to wield strategic narratives, for analysts charged with demonstrating their effectiveness, and for scholars trying to explain how communication and international relations intersect. 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. This paper examines three challenges: (i) Changing information infrastructures alter how shared meanings are constructed; (ii) Many narratives seem to escape the intentions of their original authors; and (iii) Target audiences may ‘buy in’ to a major power’s narrative but still not experience international politics as that major power hoped. Does this mean that measurable effects are forever disappearing over the horizon?

Speaker: Ben O’Loughlin is Professor of International Relations and Co-Director of the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London. He co-edits the Sage journal Media, War & Conflict. His books include Radicalisation and Media: Terrorism and Connectivity in the New Media Ecology (2011), War and Media: The Emergence of Diffused War (2010) and Television and Terror: Conflicting Times and the Crisis of News Discourse (2007/09). His projects on media and security have been funded by the ESRC, CPNI and the Technology Strategy Board.

**If you missed the seminar, we have made the video of the event available online in the MULTIMEDIA section of this website.

China’s International Outreach: Soft Power and the Soft Use of Power

China has boarded the soft power bandwagon with an enthusiasm rarely witnessed elsewhere: Confucius Institutes, promotional videos in New York’s Times Square, CCTV 9, pandas arriving at Edinburgh Zoo. China’s soft power strategy explores new and innovative techniques of attracting global attention, while also embracing History and traditional culture as themes that can resonate with international audiences.

However, how does this international outreach strategy sit with soft power theory which highlights the importance of projecting values, ideals and principles? Is the Chinese approach to soft power modelled on identifiably ‘western’ practices, or does it demonstrate distinct Chinese understandings of soft power? 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.

Speaker: Gary Rawnsley is Professor of International Communications at the University of Leeds. He is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media (forthcoming), Global Chinese Cinema: The Culture and Politics of Hero (2010) and Political Communications in Greater China (2003). He is the author of many books and articles on international communications with particular interest in Taiwan. His present research is a study of Taiwan’s soft power and public diplomacy.

Price Moot Court Middle East Rounds in Doha

From February 21st-23rd, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) is organizing the Middle East Regional Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in Doha, Qatar together with Qatar University’s College of Law, the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Centre and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. The Finals will be broadcast live on Aljazeera Mubasher, Aljazeera’s 24 hour news channel from 8.30am AST (+3GMT):

After the Finals on February 23rd, a seminar will be held on Media Policy After the Arab Spring that will bring together leading academics and lawyers from the region for an intriguing discussion about the politics and challenges of media reform in the context of complex transitions.  Participants will include, among others, Judge Andras Sajo of the European Court of Human Rights and Professor at Central European University, Osama Abu-Deways who is Head of Al Jazeera’s Legal Affairs Department, and Professor Hussein Amin of the American University in Cairo.

This event is open to all and will be held at the Al Jazeera Media Development and Training Centre in Doha.  For more information or to register, please contact Deeksha Sharma: