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MLRC London Conference 2019

Date: September 2019


MLRC London Conference
International Developments in Libel, Privacy,
Newsgathering & Free Expression Law

The Conference is open to MLRC members and others by invitation only.


Sunday September 15

11a-2p – Delegates Brunch at Howard Kennedy: Bagels & Bubbly Over The Thames
1 London Bridge SE 1

630p-830p – Conference Reception at Bloomberg’s new London headquarters
3 Queen Victoria Street

Monday September 16
At The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, WC2A

8:30a-9:15a – Registration, Coffee & Pastries

915a – Welcome and Introductions from MLRC

930a-11a – A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
The role of foreign law in constitutional decision-making, the First Amendment in the digital age, the legacy of Bartnicki in the era of Wikileaks, and more.


1115a-1230p – Hate Speech Debate
Should freedom of expression be limited to restrict racist and hateful speech?

With: Professor Nadine Strossen, New York Law School, and Professor Gavin Phillipson, Bristol University

1230p-145p – Lunch at The Law Society

145p-245p – Press Freedom Under Siege
From Myanmar to Latin America, journalists are facing threats around the globe.
Chairs: Lynn Carrillo, NBCUniversal; Mark Stephens, CBE, Howard Kennedy

With: Paul Caruana-Galizia (the son of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana-Galizia); Daniel Garrido, Noticias Telemundo; Baroness Helena Kennedy (member of the UN team investigating the murder of Jamal Khashoggi).


3p-4p – Defending Whistleblowers
Discussion of the legal, ethical, and practical considerations in defending whistleblowers in the U.S. and Europe.
Moderator: Delphine Halgand, The Signals Foundation. With: William Bourdon, Paris (representing Rui Pinto in the “Football Leaks” case),
Joshua Dratel, (represented FBI agent Terry Albury); James Risen, Senior National Security Correspondent for The Intercept

4p-5p – Contempt Down Under
Criminal and civil liability for reporting on trials and judicial proceedings.

Chair: Rob Balin, Davis Wright Tremaine, and Lesley Power, SBS Australia

630p-9p – Monday Night Gala Reception Sponsored by Hiscox
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
(Use the Sainsbury Wing Entrance)

Tuesday September 17
At The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, WC2A

9a-930a – Coffee & Pastries

930a-1045a – European Responses to Fake News, Disinformation, Violent Material and the Responsibility of Tech Companies
Will new European regulations restrict press freedom? Will the new EU copyright directive reset the balance of power between the news media and online platforms?
Opening speaker: Damian Collins MP, Chair Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in Parliament. Chairs: Ted Lazarus, Google; Raoul Lumb, Simons Muirhead & Burton. Comments from: Jan Hegemann, Raue (Berlin)


11a-1215p – Libel, Privacy and the Press
The effects of English media law in newsrooms around the world. How to give pre-publication advice following changes to the Defamation Act and new privacy decisions? The impact of data protection claims vs. the press.
Chairs: Adam Cannon, The Sun; Randy Shapiro, Bloomberg

1215p-145p – Lunch at The Law Society

145p-245p – Reporting on #MeToo
What laws and practices hindered or helped #MeToo reporting in Europe and elsewhere?
Chair: Jennifer Robinson, Doughty Street Chambers

With: Brid Jordan, Times Newspapers; Jonathan Price, Doughty Street; Claire Newell, The Telegraph; Sean O’Neill, The Times


3p-5p – The Trial of Julian Assange
Mock trial exercise with Chip Babcock, Jackson Walker (Dallas),
Geoffrey Robertson QC, Doughty Street Chambers (London), jury consultant Jason Bloom and others.

Wednesday Morning September 18
News UK, 1 London Bridge Street, SE1

In-House Counsel Breakfast
For in-house lawyers only. Discussion of practice and management issues.


Conference locations are marked on this map.

Registration Information

There’s a waiting list for conference registration. Email

Registration for MLRC Members in the U.S., Canada and Australia is $575.

Registration for UK Members and invited delegates is $750 (appx. 575 pounds).

Registration for MLRC Members in Europe (outside the UK) is $650 (approx. 575 Euros).

Schloarships are available for non-profit lawyers:

Conference Hotels


Please contact the hotels directly for available rooms and rates. At Club Quarters quote LAW SOCIETY for discounted rates.

Conference rates are available at Club Quarters Lincoln Inn Fields and Apex Temple Court Hotel. Other nearby hotels include the Waldorf Hilton on Aydwych and Z Hotel on Fleet Street (click for a full list of area hotels).

Club Quarters Hotel
61 Lincoln Inn Fields
Book online
tel. 011-44-207-451-5800

Apex Temple Court Hotel
1-2 Serjeants’ Inn (off Fleet Street)

Book online
Or call Apex Central Reservations at 011-44- 8000498000 and quote MED1409