The aim of this year’s conference is to examine the interplay between the right to freedom of expression and the individual’s right to privacy in light of human rights law
Annual Human Rights Conference 2015 - Human Rights and the Media: Balancing Public and Private Interests
This conference is presented in collaboration with the DSBA, the Human Rights Committee and Law Society Professional Training
Aim and Objectives
The 13th Annual Human Rights Conference is entitled “Human Rights and the Media: Balancing Public and Private Interests”. The aim of this year’s conference is to examine the interplay between the right to freedom of expression and the individual’s right to privacy in light of human rights law. The focus will be on considering the topics of press freedom and the potential conflict with individuals’ right to privacy in addition to considering emerging concerns around digital privacy and online surveillance. The objective is to provide attendees with a broad overview of these issues from a variety of perspectives.
This conference has been designed by the Law Society Human Rights Committee in partnership with the Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association for all who might have an interest in human rights and freedom of expression/right to privacy with the aim of bringing together legal practitioners, members of the public, as well as academics, human rights organisations and civil society organisations to explore these issues. The Conference has been structured to allow sufficient time for an extensive panel discussion of the conference topics.
The Annual Human Rights Conference Series
This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee Annual Conference series. The principal aim of the conference series is to promote awareness of human rights law and practice among both lawyers and the public, and also to encourage consideration of how human rights can be promoted and protected.
Topics and Issues Covered
- Freedom of expression in the media and the limits of same;
- Potential conflict between press freedom and individual privacy;
- Digital privacy and data retention;
- Increasing significance and impact of online surveillance.
Michael Kealey, Solicitor, Associated Newspapers
Michael McDowell SC
Speakers – in order of appearance
The Hon Mr. Justice Donald Binchy
Olivia O’ Kane, Solicitor Advocate, Carson McDowell
Judge Michael Reilly, Inspector of Prisons
Dr. T.J. McIntyre, Lecturer in Law, UCD
Karlin Lillington, Journalist, Irish Times
Irish Institute of Training & Development - Multiple Award Winners
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