Can Yeginsu appointed to Global High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

4 New Square Chambers is delighted to announce that Can Yeginsu has been appointed to the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, an independent body convened at the request of the UK and Canadian governments and chaired by Lord Neuberger, former President of the UK Supreme Court, and Ms. Amal Clooney, the UK’s Special Envoy on Media Freedom.

The UK Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said:

“Stemming the tide of violence against journalists requires political will, diplomatic pressure and a legal framework to support countries to improve.

The independent High Level Panel of Experts consists of the best legal minds from across the globe. Together they will develop and promote legal mechanisms to help prevent and reverse media abuses.”

The UK Special Envoy on Media Freedom, Amal Clooney said:

“The High Level Panel of Legal Experts brings together leading international experts on media freedom, including judges, lawyers and academics, from all over the world. I look forward to working alongside them to develop and advance legal frameworks that can help to protect media freedom around the world.”

The Panel is part of an governmental initiative and international campaign to shine a global spotlight on media freedom while simultaneously looking to increase the cost on those that are attempting to restrict it. The initiative was launched this week at the two-day inaugural Global Conference for Media Freedom convened in London, co-hosted by the UK Foreign Secretary and the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The High Level Panel of Legal Experts are:

  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Chair, former President of the UK Supreme Court
  • Ms. Amal Clooney, Deputy Chair, Barrister and UK Special Envoy on Media Freedom
  • Baroness Francoise Tulkens, former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Ms Karuna Nundy, Advocate of the Supreme Court of India
  • Justice Manuel Jose Cepeda Espinosa, former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Colombia
  • Mr Nadim Houry, Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative
  • Professor Sarah Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, Columbia Law School, New York
  • Ms. Catherine Anite, human rights lawyer and Founding Director of the Freedom of Expression Hub in Uganda
  • Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws, Barrister and Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute
  • Professor Kyung-Sin Park, Professor at the  Korea University School of Law
  • The Honourable Irwin Colter, former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Canada
  • Professor Dario Milo, Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Ms Hina Jilani, lawyer and former UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders
  • Ms Galina Arapova, director of the Mass Media Defence Centre, Russia

Biographies of the Panel Members can be found here. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office Press Release for the Panel can be found here.