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Media law, media freedom

Should ‘‘anti-state propaganda’’ be a crime in a modern society? Explore how laws can restrict media freedom and how legal mechanisms can be used to challenge these very restrictions. 
Speakers: Trịnh Hội, Harry Roque

Trịnh Hội
Hoi Trinh is an Australian lawyer of Vietnamese origin. He obtained his arts and law degrees at Melbourne University, Australia and master degree at Oxford University, U.K. focusing on international refugee law and policy. A corporate lawyer in Sydney in the mid 90s, Hoi left Australia first to volunteer in Hong Kong and later in the Philippines where he set up a legal aid office to assist the last remaining Vietnamese boat people left stateless there since 1989. In 2005, Hoi co-founded VOICE (Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment), a non- profit organization established in the US to help build civil society in Vietnam and assist refugees from that country. Currently, VOICE is focusing on providing legal assistance for the remaining Vietnamese refugees in Southeast Asia and assisting local Vietnamese lawyers and civil rights defenders in their quest to exercise their rights to freedom of information and expression. A recipient of the 1998 Young Vietnamese Australian of the Year Award, Hoi was recognized as one of the nation’s top young lawyers at the 1999 Young Australian Lawyer of the Year Award Ceremony. In 2000, Hoi was selected as a torchbearer for the Sydney Summer Olympics. He was awarded Australia’s Oxford-Chevening scholarship in 2001.

Harry Roque
Prof. H. Harry L. Roque, Jr. is an Associate Professor and Director at the Institute of International Legal Studies at the University of the Philippines College of Law and a practicing human rights attorney. Prof. Roque also serves as Chairperson of the Center for International Law and as a professor at the Philippine Judicial Academy. He is the first Asian attorney admitted to practice before the International Criminal Court, and has been admitted to practice before the UN War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda. He also serves as a member of the Governing Council of the Asian Society of International Law and the International Criminal Bar. Prof. Roque earned an LL.M. from London School of Economics, an LL.B. from University of the Philippines, and a BA in economics and political science from the University of Michigan.