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

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]


See the list of all current members of the Law Section. For more information about a given member, go to https://iamcr.org/members-contact (accessible only to IAMCR members).


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IAMCR's Law Section invites the submission of proposals for single papers and multi-paper sessions (the online conference equivalent of a panel in a face to face conference) for IAMCR 2021, which will be held online from 11 to 15 July, with a regional hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The deadline for submission is 9 February 2021, at 23.59 UTC.
IAMCR's Law Section invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for the 2020 conference of the association, which will be held from 12 to 16 July, 2020 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
The IAMCR Law Section will run elections for the position of Chair and Vice-Chair during its business meeting at IAMCR 2019 in Madrid.
The International Forum for Communication Law and Ethics will again celebrate its 2018 edition, (after successful experiences in 2015, 2016 and 2017) co-organized in collaboration with IAMCR’s Law Section. Our pre-conference will be celebrated one day before IAMCR 2018 in Oregon, on June 19th, 2018.
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 20-24 June 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
IAMCR's Law Section invites proposals that reflect the section's interest. 
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 hold 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 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.
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.
istanbul'Cities, Creativity, Connectivity'IAMCR Conference 2011 - Istanbul, TurkeyJuly 13-17, 2011
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 submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR Conference that will be held in Braga (Portugal) 2010 from July 18-22. The overall conference theme is "Communication and Citizenship. Rethinking Crisis and Change".
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 Conference (July 21-24 2009) in Mexico City, Mexico, under the general theme of the Conference "Human Rights and Communication." The Conference addresses relationships between media and contemporary understanding of the freedom of expression and right to information. It will explore the...
EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 FEBRUARY 2008!
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...
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH (IAMCR)
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...