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SLAPPS: A Threat to Our Freedom of Expression and Our Democracy

Thursday, 23 March 2023, 9am – 6:30pm

SLAPPS: A Threat to Our Freedom of Expression and Our Democracy

A hybrid full-day conference on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) organised by Index on Censorship in partnership with Schuler Democracy Forum in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and Trinity School of Law with support from Justice for Journalists Foundation.

Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) are brought by powerful and wealthy entities against public watchdogs in an effort to compel them to withhold or remove critical coverage, even if it is accurate and in the public interest.

When SLAPPs successfully drive information out of the public domain, they can make it difficult to hold power to account. SLAPPs threaten not only our freedom of information, but our human rights, our rule of law, and our democracies. The use of this tactic to undermine criticism and evade scrutiny has proliferated globally but Ireland has been identified as a jurisdiction of concern in the EU.

How do SLAPPs work and, crucially, what can we do to stop them? At this full-day conference, attendees will hear from lawyers, journalists, academics, politicians, and campaigners, as well as from keynote speakers, UN Special Rapporteur Mary Lawlor, and human rights campaigner Bill Browder. Please find the full schedule here.

The conference will take place in a hybrid format, accessible both online and in-person. To get updates on speakers and sessions, please subscribe to Index on Censorship’s newsletter. Please register here.

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre, Online
Event Category: Conferences
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but registration is required

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