For some time, I’ve been longing to set up an event around the theme of digital open justice. So I’m very excited to announce that the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism will be hosting ‘Justice Wide Open’ on Wednesday 29 February 2012 at City University London from 9am-2pm. It’s free to attend but registration is required.
Geoffrey Robertson QC will open the event with a talk on ‘Alphabet Soup and the judicial retreat from open justice’. Three sessions will cover the history and context of the flow of legal knowledge; legal reporting and the media; and an academic perspective on open justice.
Speakers include: Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix Chambers; Dr David Goldberg, information rights academic and activist; Emily Allbon, law librarian, City Law School; Heather Brooke, journalist and activist; Mike Dodd, editor of PA Media Lawyer; Adam Wagner, barrister, One Crown Office Row and editor of the UK Human Rights Blog; William Perrin, founder, Talk About Local and member of the Crime and Justice Sector Panel on Transparency; Professor Ian Cram, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Leeds; Dr Lawrence McNamara, Reader in Law and ESRC/AHRC Research Fellow, University of Reading.
Other participants will include practitioners and academics from journalism and law and there will be plenty of time for discussion during the sessions. The final session will allow us to consider the way forward for digital open justice, with view to setting out some general recommendations to the Ministry of Justice and other relevant bodies or committees.
Lawyers will be able to claim three [SRA] CPD points (I’ll have to find some star stickers or merits for the journalists and academics). And the CLJJ will be providing plenty of tea, coffee and lunch. Places are limited so you will need to register here.
For those in another country, or unable to attend, reports from the event will be available on the CLJJ blog. A set of papers will be published following the event, which will be distributed to academics, lawyers, journalists and members of government and the judiciary.
Hope to see you on the 29th February!
Pic: Ben Zvan on Flickr.