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
- 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.
Co-Chair: Loreto Corredoira (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) [Contact]
Co-Chair: Rodrigo Cetina Presuel (Harvard University) [Contact]
Vice chair: Fernando Gutiérrez-Atala (Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción) [Contact]
Vice chair: Lucas Logan (University of Houston – Downtown) [Contact]
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IAMCR's Law Section invites proposals that reflect the section's interest.
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:
The Law Section of the IAMCR invites submission of abstracts for IAMCR's 2011 academic conference to be held at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey, from July 13 to 17, 2011.
The Media Law Section invites papers within the general theme to promote conduct and dissemination of research into all facets of...
The Law Section invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR
Congress (July 20-25, 2008) in Stockholm, Sweden, under the general
theme of the congress "Media and Global Divides". The congress
addresses relationships between media and contemporary global divides,
be they historical or emergent phenomena. It will explore the...
50th Anniversary Conference, Paris, July 23-25, 2007
Theme: ‘Media, Information, and Communication: Celebrating 50 years of Theories and Practice’
On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the IAMCR, the Law Section will devote its programme to the following subjects:
50 years of IAMCR – 50 years of...