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.
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IAMCR's Law Section invites proposals that reflect the section's interest.
Conference theme: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward"
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: