Are Facebook and Twitter making criminals of us all? – Free panel debate, Wed 17 Oct

10 October 2012 by

Update – only 29 places left (2:10pm)

For anyone interested in the issues I raised in my post yesterday about a man given twelve weeks in prison for making sick jokes on Facebook, I am chairing a Question Time-style panel debate next Wednesday 17 October 2012, 6-7:30pm, organised by the Human Rights Lawyers Association and Article 19, the free speech charity. Article 19 are hosting the event at their offices in Farringdon.

The panel is excellent, including Tamsin Allen (head of Media and Information Law at Bindmans solicitors), John Cooper QC (amongst many other things, counsel for Paul Chambers in the Twitter joke trial) and Gabrielle Guillemin (legal officer at Article 19). The event is free and open to all, but space is limited so if you would like to come, please email

Full details below or in a prettier version, here:

Time to Stop Twittering on…?

Is it possible to strike a balance between the right to free speech and the regulation of social media?


Adam Wagner (1 Crown Office Row and founder of the UK Human Rights Blog)


Tamsin Allen (Head of Media and Information Law, Bindmans)

John Cooper QC (25 Bedford Row and represented

Paul Chambers in the ‘Twitter Joke Trial’)

Gabrielle Guillemin (Legal Officer, Article 19)

Date & Time Wednesday, 17th October 2012

6 – 7.30pm followed by refreshments

Venue: Article 19, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

The event is open and free to all

CPD accreditation-  1.5CPD (applied for)

Join our panel for a lively and topical debate on the use of social media and its potential legal implications.

Please submit questions ahead of the event to or follow us for live tweets @HumanRightsLawA #lawandtwittering

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