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West Africa Freedom of Expression & Digital Rights Litigation Workshop 2018

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West Africa Freedom of Expression & Digital Rights Litigation Workshop.
West Africa Freedom of Expression & Digital Rights Litigation Workshop 2018
The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is calling for applications
from English-speaking lawyers based in countries that are members of
the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to participate in
a forthcoming litigation workshop on the right to freedom of
expression, digital rights, and the Internet.
All applicants are
required to submit for discussion a current or potential case involving
these matters. Successful applicants will attend the litigation workshop
and become members of a digital rights legal network through which
there will be opportunity for engagement regionally and internationally.
MLDI will cover airfare, accommodation, travel expenses and a per diem.  

West Africa Freedom of Expression & Digital Rights Litigation Workshop Objectives.

MLDI
provides legal support to journalists, bloggers and independent media.
In recent years, it has supported a significant number of cases
involving online media. These have included challenging social media
blocking and Internet shutdowns, contesting cybercrimes legislation and
intermediary liability, as well as calling for greater online privacy
and source protection.
The objectives of the litigation workshop are:
  • To
    equip participants with skills and knowledge to litigate using national
    and international laws as well as regional and international mechanisms
    relevant to freedom of expression – both online and offline;  
  • To
    build a digital rights network and help facilitate its engagement with
    international legal mechanisms and global civil society initiatives; and
     
  • To assist and develop working relationships amongst lawyers undertaking such cases.

West Africa Freedom of Expression & Digital Rights Litigation Workshop Eligibility.

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Participants will be selected on the following criteria:
  • The
    workshop is open to lawyers who work and reside in countries that are
    members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS);
  • Applicants
    can either be working in private practice or be working for, or be
    affiliated with, NGOs promoting the right to freedom of expression
    through litigation. Exceptionally strong applications from lawyers who
    have not yet undertaken freedom of expression work, but have experience
    litigating other human rights cases and have a strong interest in
    undertaking freedom of expression work will be considered as well.
  • A maximum of 12 participants will be selected;
  • Applicants must be proficient in English;
  • The
    lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of the
    right to online freedom of expression, digital rights, Internet freedom
    and/or related issues;
  • The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of international and regional human rights law;
  • With
    their application, applicants are requested to submit a case study of a
    case that they are litigating or intend to litigate and that could be
    discussed during the litigation workshop. As set out above, it will
    suffice for participants who do not have a case that is pending to have
    identified a relevant law, practice or policy relating to online freedom
    of expression that they would like to challenge in court. However, such
    participants must demonstrate their ability and willingness to pursue
    the case after the workshop;
  • The cases submitted must involve a violation of the fundamental right to freedom of expression online;
  • The following non-exhaustive list of themes are a guide for the type of cases that could be submitted with the application:
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  • Cybercrime laws;
  • Intermediary liability;
  • Internet shutdowns;
  • Restriction of online media;
  • Online privacy;
  • National security; and
  • Anonymity online.
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MLDI
is committed to equality of opportunity and diversity; and will
therefore consider gender, age and country of origin in its selection of
participants. 

How to Apply for West Africa Freedom of Expression & Digital Rights Litigation Workshop 2018.

Please complete the attached application form and submit it to Michael Moss at michael.moss@mediadefence.org
Shortlisted
applicants will be notified soon after the closing date and should be
available for a Skype or telephone interview on 12, 13, and 14 June
2018.
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