Corporate Responsibility, the Media and Free Speech

Event date: 
8 Aug 2016
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Staff common room, Level 2, UNSW Law
The media and human rights
Prof Sarah Joseph
Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights
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The business and human rights debate has essentially bypassed the media industry. Application of human rights responsibilities to the media in accordance with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is significantly complicated by the existence of media rights of freedom of expression. 

In this talk, Prof Sarah Joseph applies the Guiding Principles to the media arguing that their application leaves significant scope for serious and systemic human rights violations. This suggests that the Guiding Principles are an inadequately theorised tool for dealing with the human rights responsibilities of the media. Sarah will further argue that at the very least, a dialogue between the human rights community and the media industry must commence to demonstrate how human rights might apply to the responsibilities of one of the world’s most important and powerful industries. In this context, the problematic nature of free speech as a human right, will be discussed.

Professor Sarah Joseph is the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the AHRCentre, UNSW Law. Her research interests include business and human rights, with a recent focus on the role of the media, including social media. She has also published on the human rights issues arising from global trade rules, counter-terrorism laws, and pop culture. You can follow her on twitter at @profsarahj


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