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Freedom of expression and private life: How can we balance the competing interests?

Start: Nov 18, 2011 02:00 PM
End: Nov 18, 2011 04:00 PM

Location: UCL Faculty of Laws, Moot Court, Bentham House Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1G 0EG


  • Judge Jebens - Former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights and Judge of the Court of Appeal for Mid-Norway (Trondheim)
  • Judge Spielmann - European Court of Human Rights


  • Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Institute for Human Rights)

About the Event:
Freedom of expression and respect for private life are both human rights that are protected in the European Convention on Human Rights. Freedom of expression does not only include the right to express opinions, but also the right to pass and to receive information. This aspect of the right to freedom of expression may sometimes involve other persons' reputation, and possibly their right to respect for private life. The Strasbourg Court has sometimes been invited to clarify the extent of the right to critical reportage against the rights of the individual. Furthermore, the right to freedom of expression is not limited to critical reportage; it covers any information, including sensations and mere gossip, which many people find interesting. However, such information can sometimes reveal secrets from a person's private life or may generally be seen as an intrusion of that person's private sphere. Judge Jebens and Judge Spielmann will address these issues and will engage in discussion with the audience. 

Judge hand with gavel

Judge hand with gavel, by s_falkow, available on Flickr

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