From the 31st of August until the 3rd of September Dr Peter Coe convened the Media and Communications Law Subject Section at the Society of Legal Scholars’ Annual Conference at Durham University. Peter was joined by speakers from around the world, discussing subjects ranging from advertising in the time of COVID, to corporate reputation, to the development of privacy law, to misinformation and disinformation.
On Tuesday the 31st of August, Dr Peter Coe formed part of an international panel of experts convened by the British Association of Comparative Law to discuss ‘The regulation of hate speech online and its enforcement in a comparative perspective.’ Peter’s paper discussed the UK’s Draft Online Safety Bill and its potential implications for free speech.
Dr Peter Coe has been appointed to the IMPRESS Code Committee for a minimum 3-year term (IMPRESS is the Press Recognition Panel’s approved regulator of the UK press industry). In this role, Peter will support IMPRESS’ comprehensive review of its Standards Code for journalists.
Upon invitation from the British Association of Comparative Law Dr Peter Coe will act as the UK’s 2021-2022 National Reporter on ‘Freedom of Speech and the Regulation of Fake News’. His report will be submitted to the International Academy of Comparative Law at the International Congress of Comparative Law in Asunción, Paraguay in October 2022.
In April 2021 Dr Peter Coe acted as a judge for the final international rounds of the 14th annual Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition 2021 at the University of Oxford and as a judge for the International Client Counselling Consultation Competition 2021 at Swansea University.
Dr Peter Coe has been appointed as the Society of Legal Scholars Media and Communications Law Subject Section Convenor for a 3-year term.
Members of the School of Law were out in force at the 2020 Society of Legal Scholars’ Annual Conference, which was hosted by the University of Exeter, and took place virtually in September. The work presented by our colleagues reflect the wide variety of impactful and important research that is being undertaken across the School.
Dr Charlotte Smith gave the key note speech for the Legal History subject section. Her paper was entitled ‘Legal Biography and Religion: Some Reflections’.
Professor Paul Almond presented a paper entitled ‘Smoked Kippers and Red Herrings: ‘Euromyths’ and the UK Regulatory Environment’.
Dr Rachel Horton presented her research on ‘Assisted Dying and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’
Dr Ruvi Ziegler was the co-convenor for the Migration & Asylum subject section, and he gave a paper on the ‘Political rights of aliens’ in the Civil Liberties & Human Rights subject section.
Professor Gerard McMeel QC gave the keynote speech at the Contract, Commercial and Consumer Law subject section. His paper was entitled ‘An English Commercial Code’, and is based on his project to restate the key principles of English commercial law.
Finally, Dr Peter Coe, who is taking over the Convenorship of the Media & Communications Law subject section from this year, gave a paper in that stream entitled ‘The Internet, social media, citizen journalism and increased access to the public sphere: a new reality for free speech or just an illusion?’
Dr Peter Coe has written a chapter entitled ‘A comparative analysis of the treatment of corporate reputation in Australia and the UK’ for Professor András Koltay’s and Dr Paul Wragg’s edited collection Comparative Privacy and Defamation which has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing. The chapter critically analyses the Australian restriction on companies pursuing defamation claims, compared to the UK position, in which companies have a stronger, albeit imperfect right. It argues that both jurisdictions undervalue the significance of corporate reputation and its importance in the global economy.
Dr Peter Coe has been appointed as an Advisor to the University of East London’s Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit. This Unit, which was established in 2019, is a centre of research excellence for the study of online harms, cybercrime, cyber law, cyber-criminology, cyber bullying/hate, and cyber security/terrorism.
Dr Peter Coe recently joined Dr Tom Bennett and Dr Holly Powell-Jones (both from City, University of London) on The Media Law Podcast to discuss the use of social media to disseminate news during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In particular they discussed issues around social media’s role in spreading fake news and disinformation and how social media platforms and the government have responded to this. They also discussed how elements of the mainstream media have contributed to the spread of misleading information relating to the virus.