International Media Law, Policy & Practice (IMLPP) Conference 2023

Conference programme, 4 April 2023
IViR Room, 5th floor, REC A

Welcome to the webpage of the seventh International Media Law, Policy & Practice (IMLPP) conference. Run by students, the conference has been organised as a closing event for the 2023 IMLPP course. IMLPP is an optional course on the specialised Informatierecht LL.M. programme, which is offered by the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam. The course coordinator is Dr. Tarlach McGonagle (IViR).

The main aim of the conference is to provide IMLPP students with a platform to present the research that they have carried out during the course. A number of external expert speakers will participate, but the mainstay of the conference will be presentations by the students themselves. Attendance is open to all students on the Informatierecht LL.M. Programme and all other interested researchers and students.
Registration is free of charge, but compulsory. To register, simply send an e-mail to: by 09.00am on 3 April with ‘IMLPP Conference’ in the subject line. Please indicate if you will be present in person (for lunch) or if you will participate online.
The programme is in English, but as all speakers are Dutch-speaking, the organisers decided to switch to Dutch.

Conference Programme
09.30 – 09.40Welcome
Tarlach McGonagle (IViR)
09.40 – 11.10Panel I: The legal framework governing deepfakes in the current digital age
Moderators: Bente van Dijk & Hannah Dorignaux (IMLPP)
Speakers: Maarten van Waveren (Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy); Amber Mechelse (Senior Policy Officer Democracy, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations)
11.10 – 11.30Tea & coffee
11.30 – 12.45Panel II: Challenges for media pluralism and public service media
Moderators: Floor Booij & Mirthe Lindeboom (IMLPP)
Speakers: Edmund Lauf (Senior Researcher, Dutch Media Authority); Mark Boukes (Department of Communication Science, University of Amsterdam)
12.45 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 14.20Quo vadis for the draft European Media Freedom Act?:
Presentation of IMLPP Students’ Blogpost Collection
Menno Muller & Ynola Keijl (IMLPP)
14.20 – 15.50Panel III: VMC EMFA Studiecommissie
Moderator: Mervin Huang (IMLPP)
Speakers: Aline Klingenberg (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen); Wouter Hins (Universiteit Leiden); Tarlach McGonagle (IViR)
15.30 – 15.50Tea & coffee
16.15 – 16.30Closing remarks
16.45 – 17.45Drinks

Conference manager & Communications officer: Dagmar Klein Hesseling & Diede Raben

Conference Twitter hashtag: #IMLPP2023

IMLPP Conference 2023 Panel Abstracts

Panel I: The Legal Framework Governing Deepfakes in the Current Digital Age

This panel will focus on selected European regulatory issues concerning deep fakes. Deep fakes have been recognized as a real threat to democracy. They can be used in ways that present various challenges, including: the undermining of truth; the defamation of politicians or journalists; and the incitement of violence. Within the EU, several attempts have been made to address the threats of deep fakes. This panel will examine how the current regulatory framework, in particular the Digital Services Act and the EU Strenghtened Code of Practice on Disinformation, governs deep fakes.

The panelists will give a critical analysis and evaluation of the regulatory framework. Just what are deep fakes and why are they considered a threat for democracy? Are the existing (co-)regulatory instruments adequate to tackle the challenges posed by deep fakes? And can other possible ways be identified to strengthen those instruments?

Panel II: Challenges for media pluralism and public service media

Media pluralism is both a pillar and a corollary of the right to freedom of expression. Without media pluralism, a democratic society would have a hard time surviving. Media pluralism allows individuals to have access to diverse information and views, which enables them to form and express their opinions. As the European Court of Human Rights stated in its judgment in Manole and Others v. Moldova: there can be no democracy without pluralism.

This panel will have two main focuses. First we will dive deeper into the concept of media pluralism and its regulating issues: how is and how should pluralism be regulated? And what are the challenges of regulating pluralism in the multimedia ecosystem we now live in? 

Following this first topic, we will focus on one of the key players in this diverse media field: the public service media (Nederlandse Publieke Omroep). We will examine and answer questions such as what the important role of the public service media is in guaranteeing media pluralism, and why it is crucial for public service media to be independent in order to fulfil this role?

Practical information:

Address: Institute for Information Law (IViR), Amsterdam Law School, Roeterseilandcampus, Building A, 5th floor, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam. Directions/Map.
Online participation: the Zoom-link will be sent to registered participants in advance.