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					                                              Tenth Annual Student Human Rights Conference 2009
                                              Conclusion of the Freedom of Expression Festival 2009




   Beyond Words: Freedom of Expression and its
           Contemporary Challenges
                                       Saturday 14th March 2009
                       Law and Social Sciences Building, University of Nottingham

                                                 Programme
09.00       Welcome Refreshments and Registration                                      Atrium/Room B63

09.30       Conference Opening                                                                 Room B63

09.35       Morning Session                                                                    Room B63

            Chaired by John Fisher, co-director of Arc International

            Freedom of Expression: A Right at Risk
            Chris Sidoti, Adjunct Professor, University of Western Sydney, Australia

10.50       Refreshments                                                                          Atrium

11.15       Delegates choose between two student-led discussion groups, which will run simultaneously:

        Panel 1: Freedom of Expression and National Security                                    Room B1
        Chaired by Steven McCauley and Jamie Turner, Student Conference Committee

        National Security and Freedom of Expression within New Zealand
        Jacquelyn Thompson and Emma Whiley, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

        Human Rights and National Security: Banning Symbolic Expression
        Tom Bewick, University of Nottingham, UK

        Freedom of Expression in Conflict Settings: Specific Challenges & Emerging Patterns in Afghanistan
        Daria Davitti, University of Nottingham, UK


        Panel 2: Reshaping the Meaning of Freedom of Expression                                 Room B1
        Chaired by Vanja Hamzic and Sean Hennelly, Student Conference Committee

        Refusal of Medical Treatment and Religion – an Irish Perspective
        Ciara Staunton, Law Reform Commission of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

        Our Lives are Ours to Take: the Right to Die under the ECHR
        Ikhtisad Ahmed, City University London, UK and Paolo Vargiu, University of Nottingham, UK

        Language Rights for Immigrants? A Comparative Study
        Sylva Svejdarova, Lancaster University, UK

        Expressing Political Dissent through Action
        Shannonbrooke Murphy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland
12.30       Lunch                                                                                 Atrium

13.30       Afternoon Session                                                                 Room B63

            Chaired by Professor David Harris, HRLC Co-Director and Emeritus Professor in Residence,
            University of Nottingham

            Defamation of Religion and Freedom of Expression: An Expert Panel’s Perspective
            Dimitrina Petrova, Founding Executive Director of the Equal Rights Trust, UK

            Defamation of Religion and Freedom of Expression: An Activist’s Perspective
            Imam Muhsin Hendricks, Founder and Director of The Inner Circle, South Africa

15.10       Refreshments                                                                          Atrium

15.30       Delegates choose between two student-led discussion groups, which will run simultaneously:

        Panel 3: Current Challenges to Freedom of Expression                                  Room B62
        Chaired by Emilie Hunter, HRLC Research and Programmes Coordinator

        Defamation of Religion: A legitimate Limitation on Freedom of Expression?
        Ryan Hill, University of Essex, UK

        Hate Speech as an Ever-Formidable Challenge to Freedom of Expression
        Uladzislau Belavusau, European University Institute, Italy

        Freedom of Expression and the Right to Truth in the Inter-American System of Human Rights
        Giovanna Frisso, University of Nottingham, UK


        Panel 4: Media and New Technologies                                                    Room B1
        Chaired by Sanyu Awori and Daria Davitti, Student Conference Committee

        Private Power over the Information Environment as a Threat to Freedom of Expression: The
        Distortion of the Copyright Balance
        Margaret Devaney, Law Reform Commission of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

        Citizen Journalism on the Internet: A Taste of Freedom of Expression - the Malaysian Experience
        Jaspal Kaur Sadhu Singh, Aberystwyth University, UK

        The ICTR’s Effect on Freedom of Expression in Post-Genocide Rwanda
        Ariane Adam, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK




16.30       Closing Remarks from Professor David Harris                                       Room B63

17.00       Reception and inauguration of 'Conscience' visual art by Chris Lucas              Atrium

				
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