Application Due Date: midnight on Sunday 28 April 2019.

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The Media Legal Defence Effort (MLDI) is a charity, based in the UK, which offers legal aid to reporters, blog writers and independent media throughout the world. We support reporters’ legal defence, carry out tactical lawsuits, fund media defence centres, and reinforce capability in the legal neighborhood through useful, specialised training and network-building.

MLDI is requiring applications from English-speaking legal representatives based.
in nations that are members of the Economic Neighborhood of West Africa.
States (ECOWAS) and the Republic of Cameroon to take part in a.
useful lawsuits workshop on the right to flexibility of expression,.
digital rights and the web.

Effective candidates will be moneyed to go to the lawsuits surgical treatment.
in early July in Accra, Ghana. After finishing the training, participants.
will likewise end up being active members of a digital rights legal network.
through which there will be chance for engagement regionally and.
worldwide.

All legal representatives wanting to use are needed to send a present or.
possible case including flexibility of expression, digital rights and the.
web, for conversation in the legal workshop. If candidates do not.
have a case, they might send a pertinent law, practice or policy relating.
to digital rights or flexibility of expression that they want to.
obstacle in court.

Lawsuits surgical treatment goals

MLDI offers legal assistance to reporters, blog writers and independent.
media. In the last few years, MLDI has actually supported a considerable variety of cases.
including online media. These have actually consisted of difficult social networks.
obstructing and web shutdowns, objecting to cybercrimes legislation,.
‘ incorrect news’ laws and intermediary liability, along with requiring.
higher defenses for online personal privacy and source security.

The goals of this specialised lawsuits surgical treatment training are:

  • To gear up individuals with the useful abilities and understanding to prosecute utilizing nationwide and global laws along with local and global systems pertinent to flexibility of expression online;-LRB- *****************).
  • To construct a digital rights network and aid facilitate its engagement with global legal systems and worldwide civil society efforts; and
  • To help and establish working relationships among legal representatives carrying out such cases.

Advantages:

MLDI will cover air travel, lodging, travel expenditures and a modest daily.

Eligibility Requirements:

Individuals will be chosen on the following requirements:

  • The surgical treatment is open to legal representatives who work and live nations that are members of the ECOWAS (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo) and the Republic of Cameroon;-LRB- *****************).
  • Candidates can either be operating in personal practice or be working for or be associated with NGOs promoting the right to flexibility of expression in West Africa through lawsuits. Extremely strong applications from legal representatives who have actually not yet carried out flexibility of expression work, however have experience prosecuting other human rights cases and have a strong interest in carrying out flexibility of expression work will be thought about also. An optimum of 12 individuals will be chosen;-LRB- *****************).
  • Candidates should excel in English;-LRB- *****************).
  • They should have a shown interest in and/or understanding of the right to online flexibility of expression, digital rights, web flexibility and/or associated problems;-LRB- *****************).
  • The legal representatives should have a shown interest in and/or understanding of global 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 either presently prosecuting or that they plan to prosecute, which might be talked about throughout the lawsuits surgical treatment. As set out above, it will be enough for individuals who do not have a case that is pending to have actually recognized a pertinent law, practice or policy associating with online flexibility of expression that they want to challenge in court. Nevertheless, such individuals should show their capability and determination to pursue the case after the surgical treatment;-LRB- *****************).
  • The cases sent should include an infraction of the essential right to flexibility of expression online;-LRB- *****************).
  • 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- *****************).
    • Constraint of online media;-LRB- *****************).
    • Online personal privacy;-LRB- *****************).
    • Nationwide security; and
    • Privacy online.

How to Use:

Please finish the connected application and send it to Michael Moss at michael.moss@mediadefence.org prior to the due date of midnight on Sunday 28 April 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be alerted not long after the closing date.
and must be readily available for a Skype or telephone interview on 8, 9 or 10 May 2019.

To Find Out More:

Check Out the Authorities Website of the West Africa Digital Rights and Liberty of Expression Lawsuits Surgical Treatment 2019

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