Application Due Date: June 16 th 2019

The Media Legal Defence Effort (MLDI) is requiring applications from legal representatives based in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to take part in an upcoming lawsuits surgical treatment and training on the right to flexibility of expression online, digital rights and the web.

All candidates are needed to send a present or prospective case,.
including these matters, for conversation. Effective candidates will.
participate in the lawsuits surgical treatment and enter of a digital rights.
legal network through which there will be chances for engagement.
both regionally and globally.

Lawsuits surgical treatment goals

MLDI supplies legal assistance to.
reporters, blog writers and independent media. In the last few years it has.
supported a substantial variety of cases including online media. These.
have actually consisted of tough social networks obstructing and web shutdowns,.
objecting to cybercrimes legislation, ‘incorrect news’ policies and.
intermediary liability, along with advancing higher security of.
sources and personal privacy online.

The goals of the lawsuits surgical treatment are:

  • To gear up individuals with abilities, understanding,.
    and training to prosecute utilizing nationwide and worldwide laws also.
    as local and worldwide systems pertinent to flexibility of.
    expression online;
  • To develop a digital rights network and aid facilitate its engagement.
    with worldwide legal systems and international civil society.
    efforts; and
  • To help and establish working relationships among legal representatives carrying out such cases.

Criteria for eligibility

Individuals will be picked on the following requirements:

  • The surgical treatment is open to legal representatives who work and.
    live in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, eSwatini,.
    Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Candidates.
    can either be operating in personal practice or be working for, or be.
    associated with, NGOs promoting the right to flexibility of expression.
    through lawsuits. Remarkably strong applications will be thought about.
    also from legal representatives who have actually not yet carried out flexibility of expression.
    work, however have experience prosecuting other human rights cases and have actually a.
    strong interest in carrying out flexibility of expression work.
  • An optimum of 12 individuals will be picked;-LRB- *****************).
  • Candidates need to excel in English;-LRB- *****************).
  • The legal representatives need to have a shown interest in and/or understanding of.
    the right to online flexibility of expression, digital rights, web.
    flexibility and/or associated concerns;-LRB- *****************).

  • The legal representatives need to have a shown interest in and/or understanding of worldwide and local human rights law;-LRB- *****************).
  • With their application, candidates are asked for to send a case.
    research study of a case that they are prosecuting or mean to prosecute which.
    might be gone over throughout the lawsuits surgical treatment. As set out above, it.
    will be adequate for individuals who do not have a case that is pending to.
    have actually recognized a pertinent law, practice or policy connecting to online.
    flexibility of expression that they want to challenge in court.
    Nevertheless, such individuals need to show their capability and.
    determination to pursue the case after the surgical treatment;-LRB- *****************).

  • The cases sent need to include an infraction of the basic.
    right to flexibility of expression online. The following non-exhaustive list.
    of styles are a guide for the kind of cases that might be sent.
    with the application:

    • Cybercrime laws;-LRB- *****************).
    • Intermediary liability;-LRB- *****************).
    • Web shutdowns;-LRB- *****************).
    • Limitation of online media;-LRB- *****************).
    • Online personal privacy;-LRB- *****************).
    • Nationwide security; and
    • Privacy online.

MLDI is devoted to equality of chance and variety; and will for that reason think about gender, age and native land in its choice of individuals.


A maximuim of 12 individuals will be picked for the lawsuits.
surgical treatment. There will likewise be 2 MLDI legal representatives, an MLDI task.
organizer and an external facilitator.
MLDI will cover air travel, lodging, travel expenditures and a daily.

How to use

Please finish the connected application and send it to Michael Moss at [email protected] The due date is midnight on Sunday 16 June 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be alerted not long after the closing date.
and need to be readily available for a Skype or telephone interview on 25 and26
June 2019.

Due date for applications: midnight on Sunday 16 June 2019

To Find Out More:

See the Authorities Website of the Southern African Digital Rights & Online Flexibility of Expression Lawsuits Surgical Treatment

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