23 Mar 2015

A4ID Defamation Training for NGOs


Wednesday, 23 March 2016 from 13:45 to 16:00


Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) – 10 Queen Street Place, London, EC4R 1BE

Why attend?

Advocates for International Development, together with law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite, are pleased to offer free training for international development charities, NGOs and social enterprises on UK defamation law. This training will provide general coverage of UK defamation law, discuss in more detail the types of issues that typically concern international development organisations (e.g. risks when mentioning companies in reports, online comments, social media etc) and cover recent developments. Rapid technological changes and the global nature of information dissemination makes defamation law a foremost concern for any international development organisation particular those involved in advocating and campaigning for social change and reform.

What is defamation?

Liability in defamation can arise when publications made to a third party contain untrue allegations that are harmful to the reputation of another. What you will learn- Elements of defamation law- Types of publications it applies to- Defences available- Jurisdictional issues for trans-border and online publications- Practical steps to take to mitigate risks

Who should attend?

Please note this event is for NGOs, international development charities, and social enterprises working in human rights or international development, not for lawyers working outside those organisations.

How to register?

The event is free but you must register in advance through Eventbrite.


Rupert Earle - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Rupert Earle is a Partner and Head of Media Litigation at Bates Wells Braithwaite. He has for over 20 years specialised in media, public/regulatory, advertising and consumer law, contentious and non-contentious. He has experience in defamation and privacy law, information law, public and regulatory law. Rupert has worked on many defamation cases and defamation/harassment disclosure actions to identify anonymous postings and false profiles on social media.

Ross Allan - Bates Wells Braithwaite.

Ross Allan is a Media Litigation Associate at Bates Wells Braithwaite. He has particular experience in defamation and privacy law and has acted for broadcasters, newspaper publishers and charities. Ross has advised on a wide range of defamation issues including matters relating to social media.

Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) – 10 Queen Street Place, London, EC4R 1BE

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