Nov 2: Talk – British Media Law Reform And What It Means For Hong Kong

Lord Anthony Lester QC, a British parliamentarian and practising barrister specialising in public law, will deliver a talk at HKU on friday, November 2, 2012 about the challenges of media law reform in Britain and the impact this will have on the global media.

Lord Anthony Lester

The lecture will examine recent media law developments and lessons which might be drawn from the British experience in Hong Kong and beyond.

He will talk about media law reform in the context of the recent News International phone hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry which sparked a debate in the U.K. and beyond about the balance between free speech and the future of media regulation.

About the speaker:
Lord Lester QC has argued many leading cases on free speech as a barrister in Europe and England and has been instrumental in the abolition of a number of antiquated speech offences and the campaign to reform English libel law.

His 2010 private member’s Bill prompted the U.K. government to introduce the 2012 Defamation Bill which is currently progressing through the British parliament.

Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Venue: Wang Gungwa Theatre, Graduate House, HKU
Please register online via www.hku.hk/ccpl/ or email Flora Leung at fkleung@hku.hk to reserve a place.

This event is jointly organised by the JMSC and the Centre for Comparative Public Law at HKU’s Law Faculty.