International Media Law, Policy & Practice (IMLPP) Conference 2017

13 April 2017
Doelenzaal, University Library of Amsterdam, Singel 425

Welcome to the webpage of the second International Media Law, Policy & Practice (IMLPP) conference. Run by students, the conference has been organised as a closing event for the 2017 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. The conference will also include a moot court competition involving IMLPP students.

Attendance is open to all students on the Informatierecht LL.M. Programme. Registration is free of charge, but compulsory. A number of places are available for other students who are not enrolled on the programme, IMLPP/Informatierecht alumni and other interested individuals. To register, simply send an e-mail to: Please put ‘IMLPP Conference’ in the subject line of your e-mail.

Conference report by Eugénie Coche (Conference rapporteur & IMLPP).

Conference programme
09.15-09.20 Welcome
Tarlach McGonagle (IViR)
09.20-11.00 Panel I: Chilling effect and public debate
Chair: Aviva de Groot (IMLPP)
Speakers: Gill Phillips (Director of Editorial Legal Services, Guardian News & Media)(via Skype), Bojana Kostic (IMLPP), Roel Maalderink (Winner, Internetscriptieprijs 2016 & alumnus IMLPP)
Commentator: Ronan Ó Fathaigh (IViR)
11.00-11.30 Tea & coffee
11.30-13.00 International Media Law Moot Court
Judges: Willem F. Korthals Altes (Senior Judge, District Court of Amsterdam), Sarah Eskens (IViR) & Sam van Velze (Bureau Brandeis & alumna IMLPP)
Applicants: Jacintha van Dorp & Daphne Dotsios (IMLPP)
Respondents: Emmanuel Vargas Penagos & Jacob van de Velde (IMLPP)
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Panel II: “Fake news”: problem or hype?
Chair: Barbara van den Berg (IMLPP)
Speakers: Melanie Klus (IMLPP), Sanne Kruikemeier (Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam), Thomas Bruning (Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten)
15.30-16.00 Tea & coffee
16.00-17.00 Panel III: Threats to media freedom and pluralism
Chair: Geert Lokhorst (research master student, Information Law)
Speakers: Leon Trapman (IMLPP), Otto Volgenant (Boekx Advocaten), Albana Shala (Chair, UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication Council & Free Press Unlimited Programme Coordinator)
17.00-17.15 Closing remarks
Eugénie Coche (Conference rapporteur & IMLPP)

Conference manager: Jennifer Quik (IMLPP)
Conference Twitter hashtag: #IMLPP2017

Selected reading materials and resources


Panel I: Chilling effect and public debate

International Media Law Moot Court

Panel II: “Fake news”: problem or hype?

  • The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media, the Organization of American States (OAS) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Joint Declaration on “Fake News”, Disinformation and Propaganda, 3 March 2017.
  • Damian Tambini, Fake News: Public Policy Responses, Media Policy Brief 20, London: Media Policy Project, London School of Economics and Political Science, March 2017. 

Panel III: Threats to media freedom and pluralism