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MLRC London Conference 2017

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11:30-1:00 pm Sunday Brunch for Delegates
At Howard Kennedy, 1 London Bridge, London

6:30-8:30 Reception Sponsored by Bloomberg News
Bloomberg, Citygate House, 39-45 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1PQ


8:45-9:30  Check-in at The Law Society Coffee, Tea and Pastries in the Reading Room

9:30 Welcome from MLRC Chair Lynn Oberlander

9:30-10:45 Brexit, Trump & the Rise of Populism
What do recent political developments mean for the press and democracy in Europe and America? Why has it been so difficult to cover - predict - Trump, Brexit and other populist movements? How should the press and judiciary respond to the problem of fake news?
Featuring John Micklethwait, Editor in Chief, Bloomberg News. 
With James Fallows, Europe Editor, The Atlantic; Judge Judith Gibson, NSW Australia.
Moderator: Mark Stephens, CBE, Howard Kennedy


11:00-12:15 National Security vs. The Press: Redux
Liability under the Official Secrets Act, US Espionage Act and other national laws. Will reporters be prosecuted for receiving leaks of classified information? What protections do sources and whistleblowers have? Will there be a "war on the press"?
Moderators: Jay Ward Brown, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schultz; and Gill Phillips, The Guardian. Expert discussants: David Ormerod, Professor of Criminal Justice at Queen Mary, University of London; Ashley Messenger, NPR (Washington, D.C.).

12:15-1:35 Lunch at The Law Society

1:45-3:00 Press Freedom in Eastern Europe
What do constitutional protections for the press mean in practice? Are protections for reporters and sources respected? Are libel suits by politicians chilling the press? Is the judiciary impartial such that the media gets a fair shake?
Moderator: Randy Shapiro, Bloomberg with Laura Zelenko, Bloomberg Senior Executive Editor; Anna Otkina, DLA Piper (Moscow); Dalma Dojcsák, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (Budapest); Andrey Rikhter, OSCE (Vienna).

Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 Privacy and the Press in the Digital Age
Introduction by ECHR Judge Ganna Yudkivska: Article 8 as a Human Right
Followed by group discussion: Will data protection laws unduly restrict the press? Should online platforms be responsible for protecting privacy rights? The right to know vs. the right to be forgotten.
Moderators: Andrew Bridges, Fenwick & West; Anya Proops QC, 11KBW.

6:30-9:00 Evening Reception at the National Gallery Sponsored by Hiscox
Trafalgar Square, London


8:45-9:30 Check In.  Coffee, Tea and Pastries in the Reading Room

9:30-10:15 Media Litigation in the High Court: Talk and Q&A with Mr. Justice Mark Warby
Mr Justice Warby has primary responsibility for defamation, privacy, and related claims against the media in the High Court.  Introduction by Gavin Millar QC, Matrix Chambers.

10:15-11:30 Libel Reform & Loopholes
The 2013 Defamation Act was introduced to give further protection to freedom of speech.  Has it achieved its objective?  How have the Courts dealt with its flagship reforms, notably the serious harm test and what has been the impact on claims against publishers?  Have claimants resorted to suing publishers in Ireland?  Can companies still sue for libel?  Have the protections aimed at Online/international publications given publishers greater protection from claims?
Moderators: Liz Hartley, Associated Newspapers, and David Korzenik, Miller Korzenik Sommers & Rayman. With Caroline Kean, Wiggin; Lesley Caplin, McCann Fitzgerald; Keith Mathieson, RPC; Catrin Evans QC, One Brick Court.


11:45-1:00 Vetting Exercise
A hypothetical news article and tweets will be examined for defamation, privacy, and contempt of court issues under American, European and other international approaches.
With George Freeman, MLRC, and expert discussants from around the world, including Olaf Trojan, Bird & Bird (The Hague), Prof. Dr. Jan Hegemann, Raue LLP (Berlin), Clara Steinitz, Taliens (Paris).

1:00-2:15 Lunch at The Law Society

2:15-3:30 Publicity Rights in Docudramas and Entertainment
Comparative issues in vetting docudramas and entertainment programming, including use of images, life stories, and trademarks in express works. How will the Copyright Directive and other EU regulations impact these issues?
With Peter Rienecker, HBO, and Razwana Akram, Simons Muirhead Burton.

Coffee Break

3:45-5:00 Oxford-Style Debate: Privacy Law Is Out Of Control
Bob Latham, Jackson Walker (Dallas) and Elizabeth McNamara, Davis Wright Tremaine (New York) versus Fraser Campbell, Blackstone Chambers (London) and Max Mosley (London)

Chaired by Judge Judith Gibson, NSW Australia.


9:30-11:00 In-house Counsel Breakfast Meeting (Open to in-house media counsel only)
Discussion of practical issues affecting in-house media lawyers.
Hosted by The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London


US Member Registration

Registration for MLRC members in the U.S. and outside of Europe is $495.

UK Registration

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European Registration

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Registration includes brunch on Sunday Sept. 24; evening receptions on September 24 and 25; lunches on the 25th and 26th at The Law Society.

If you are a traveling to London with a spouse or partner, you may purchase an additional ticket for the Sept. 25th National Gallery Reception for $150.

Note: Scholarships and fee waivers are available. To request information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Conference sessions on September 25-26 are at The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London.

The in-house counsel breakfast meeting on September 27 is open to in-house counsel only and is hosted by The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London.

Conference events and hotels are detailed on this Google Map.


The following two hotels have discounted rates for Conference delegates. Due to limited availability book your hotel as early as possible.

Club Quarters Lincoln Inn Fields
61 Lincoln's Inn Fields (£165 to £175 per night plus VAT).
Call Member Services at 1-203-905-2100 or Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Group Code ML2209

Apex Temple Court Hotel
1-2 Serjeants' Inn, Fleet Street (£174 to £279 including VAT)
To book call 011-44-800-049-8000
Group Code: MED2309

Other area hotels

Waldorf Hilton London

Z City Hotel
24 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AA

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