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Law Society: An Interview with Mark Stephens

Wednesday, 21st November 2012

The Law Society was very fortunate to welcome Mark Stephens CBE, who gave a wide-ranging and very thought-provoking interview covering everything from his childhood and interest in the law to his work in media and human rights. He also spoke in detail about his involvement in the ongoing Julian Assange case and his work defending the coal miners during the 1984-1985 strikes. Mr Stephens was particularly interesting when discussing contemporary legal debate-when asked about 'Twibel', he dismissed the social networking site’s potential for spreading libel as ephemeral, and when asked to give an opinion about the potential outcome of the Leveson Inquiry, he suggested that a possibility would be statutory self-regulation of the press, though he himself believes that the freedom of the press from such constraints is of fundamental importance.

Jiwoo Yoo OS MS (MAG)

Date Posted: 12 December 2012
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