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Thursday, December 8 • 16:30 - 18:00
WS30: Strategic Litigation: Freedom of Expression Online - SE Asia

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There is an emerging need to develop, enhance and defend legal frameworks to ensure a free and open internet against attempts to restrict internet freedoms and silence expression online. Freedom of expression, especially, is universally acknowledged as a demandable human right guaranteed whether offline or online.

Strategic litigation – which involves the deliberate initiation and litigation of court cases with the goal of establishing judicial precedents that are favorable to democratic rights -- has emerged as a key tool to counter increased attacks on freedom of expression online. Our panelists, who work out of Southeast Asia, will share their own experiences in strategic litigation within their own respective countries. Through the panel discussion and the participation of the attendees, there would be useful exchanges and sharing of information about best and most effective practices in strategic litigation for online rights.

Session Organizers
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Oliver Xavier Reyes

Senior Program Manager, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
I work on a Southeast Asia regional program that focuses on enhancing the capacity of lawyers in defending and advancing freedom of expression and other rights online, based on established international legal principles. The program also works with regional civil society organizations (CSOs) and lawyers to facilitate collaboration and improve their collective ability to effectively advocate for internet freedom.
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Mark Wallem

Regional Director Internet Freedom, American Bar Association ROLI
Mark Wallem, Regional Program Director, Southeast Asia, for the Internet Freedom program, is based in Manila. The Internet Freedom program works to ensure freedom of expression online in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Mark has over three decades of experience in law, politics, and international development. Before joining ABA ROLI in August 2014, Mark served 14 years with the National... Read More →


Thursday December 8, 2016 16:30 - 18:00
Workshop Room 4 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

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