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Law Section

The Law Section’s focus is on communication law, policy, and governance. Section members are interested in a broad range of key areas of communication law, policy and governance, including:

  • access to information / freedom of information,
  • journalism law and freedom of the press,
  • the history of the right to communicate,
  • privacy and surveillance,
  • intellectual property,
  • databases and big data,
  • broadcasting and telecommunications, including network neutrality,
  • free speech, hate speech, and censorship,
  • libel and slander, 
  • open government and transparency, and
  • computer and internet law.

Section members are also interested in areas of international law, policy, and governance in the field of communication, including:

  •     internet governance,
  •     human rights and international communication law, including the right to communicate,
  •     telecommunications, and
  •     international intellectual property.

One of the strengths of the section is its mix of legal and communication scholars, drawing on a range of approaches to the field.  The section is interested in multiple approaches to the study of communication law, policy and governance, including critical, legal, theoretical, interdisciplinary, comparative, and historical approaches.  Our section works to collaborate with other sections of the IAMCR, including the Ethics Working Group, the Communication Policy & Technology Section, and the Emerging Scholars Network, among others.

Our section aims to foster a network of scholars studying communication law, policy and governance that is working to protect the fundamental rights of citizens and journalists in democratic and transitional states. The section welcomes proposals by its members for public statements.  See IAMCR's Clearinghouse for Public Statements

Chair: Loreto Corredoira [Contact]
Vice-Chair:
Sara Bannerman [Contact]
Vice-Chair: Rodrigo Cetina Presuel [Contact]

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The International Forum for Communication Law and Ethics (Foro Internacional de Ética y Derecho de la Información - FIEDI) has published an ebook, Cross-border Journalism and Human Dignity, with the proceedings of its 2017 conference, organised in Cartagena, Colombia as an IAMCR pre-conference in cooperation with IAMCR's Law Section.
The International Forum for Communication Law and Ethics (Foro Internacional de Ética y Derecho de la Información - FIEDI) will celebrate its 2017 edition as an IAMCR pre-conference (after successful experiences in 2015 and 2016) organized together with IAMCR’s Law Section.
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will held its annual conference from 16-20 July, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia. IAMCR's Law Section invites proposals that reflect the the section's interest. 
The first International Forum of Communication Law and Ethics, (known as FIÉDI for its Spanish acronym), was held this past July in Leicester, UK as an IAMCR preconference co-organized in collaboration with IAMCR’s Law Section. This book, published through the UCM e-Prints platform of the Complutense University of Madrid and with the collaboration of the University’s Cyberlaw Clinic, is a result of the preconference.
The IAMCR Law Section invites submissions of abstracts for papers or panel proposals for the 2016 IAMCR conference to be held at Leicester University, Leicester, United Kingdom from July 27-31, 2016. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016.
Conference theme: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward"
The Law Section invites submissions of abstracts for papers for the 2015 IAMCR conference to be held from 12-16 July, 2015 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada.
International Association for Media and Communication ResearchHyderabad, India, July 15-19, 2014
Region as Frame:  Politics, Presence, Practice
Law Section Call for Papers
The conference theme provides an excellent lens for thinking through contemporary transformations in law-state-society relations. Theme-related questions of particular interest from a legal and policy perspective include:
altThe Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for the IAMCR 2013 conference to be held from June 25-29, 2013 in Dublin City University in Dublin (Ireland). The deadline for submissions of extended abstracts and panel proposals is January 28, 2013.
erythrina_caffraThe Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for the IAMCR 2012 conference to be held from July 15-19, 2012 at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in Durban (South Africa). The deadline for submissions of abstracts and panel proposals is February 14, 2012.

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