Syllabus, Training and Forum

Syllabus, Training and Forum

This page offers pedagogical resources, such as syllabi, exams and exercises designed by professors and trainers from different parts of the world and across different disciplines.  It also includes a Forum of Discussion for those involved or interested in teaching global freedom of expression, to exchange experiences on what to teach and how to teach it, and the difficulties and opportunities involved with adopting a global perspective.

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Author: Center for Law and Democracy
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These Model Training Materials have been developed as part of an ongoing project by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) to foster the formation of national media lawyers’ networks, supported by UNESCO’s Global Media Defence Fund. They are designed as a resource for professional networks of media lawyers, freedom of expression organisations and other groups which are working to build the capacity of lawyers to defend media freedom and freedom of expression. The materials provide a template for an introductory workshop on the basic principles of freedom of expression under international human rights law. They include, a Background Reading section which can be distributed to participants; a set of exercises which can be done during a workshop or a training; sample discussion questions; and sample agendas for a 1.5 hour or one-half-day workshop based on these training materials.

Center for Law and Democracy. Model Training Materials: Overview of Freedom of Expression under International Law. October 2022.

Author: IACmHR, Catalina Botero Marino
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PowerPoint Presentation created by the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. This presentation is used by the Office in their training sessions. It addresses the Inter-American human rights system, explains the mandate of the Office of the Special Rapporteur, and refers to the jurisprudence and standards on: prohibition of prior censorship, prohibition of desacato laws, proportionality of subsequent liability, prohibition of indirect restrictions on speech, access to information and violence against media workers. .

OAS, IACmHR, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Catalina Botero. PowerPoint Presentation  for a training session about Inter American Standards on freedom of expression. 2013

Author: Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska
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This is a a handbook for legal practitioners on protecting the right to freedom of erxpression under the European Convention on Human Rights. The chapters  are: 1: General consideration on Article 10; 2: Duties under Article 10; 3 Unprotected speech-hate, speech, incitement to violence; 4: The system of restrictions within the exercise of the right to freedom of expression; 5: Limitations due to "public" reasons; 6: Freedom of expression and reputation; 7: Rights of others; 8: Freedom of expression and the media; 9: Freedom of expression and new technologies.

Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska Bychawska-Siniarska Protecting the Right to Freedom of Expression under the European Convention on Human Rights: a handbook for legal practitioners (Strasbourg, Council of Europe Publishing, 2017).

Author: Stefaan Verhulst
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 Syllabus for ‘World Communication: Principles, Politics and Law’ (Spring 2010)

Stefaan Verhulst, Syllabus for ‘World Communication: Principles, Politics and Law’ (Spring 2010), Department of Culture and Communications, New York University

Author: AccessNow
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The toolkit is designed to assist digital rights activists in understanding the complexities of digital identification systems. It provides a framework for understanding these systems and breaking them down into distinct parts, especially for non-experts. The toolkit functions as a "choose your own adventure" game, where players select a Persona and navigate through the System, Harm, and Mitigation stages based on their circumstances. It can also be used to holistically analyze a specific digital ID system by selecting the System cards that apply to the system.

AccessNow. 'The Digital Identity Toolkit'. 2023.

Author: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Peter Noorlander
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This guide prepared by Peter Noorlander for UNESCO offers “practical information and guidance to civil society organisations considering intervening in cases before national or international courts as so-called ‘amicus curiae’ or ‘third party intervener’. It is focused on interventions concerning freedom of expression and the safety of journalists." While the focus is on freedom of expression cases, the principles could be applied to human rights cases more broadly. The guide consists of six sections covering the most important aspects of preparing interventions, such as  strategic consideration and technical requirements, recommendations on how to monitor cases and communicate with parties, and examples in the form of case studies.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. "UNESCO Guide for Amicus Curiae Interventions in Freedom of Expression Cases". 2023.