I&J convened

Published on
September 26, 2015

Transnational Due Process and Freedom of Expression

With the help of former UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, Internet & Jurisdiction convened a two-day workshop on Transnational Due Process and Freedom of Expression on September 24–25, 2015. The meeting took place at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights in Florence, Italy. 

The meeting gathered current and former Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression from the United Nations, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and the OSCE, as well as representatives from UNESCO. Workshop participants aimed to spur the development of innovative mechanisms to better secure freedom of expression and other human rights online.

There are many interesting Internet governance forums, but few of them are able to put issues on the table and provide the necessary follow up like Internet and Jurisdiction.

Over the course of the two-day meeting, the past and present Special Rapporteurs reviewed the progress made by Internet & Jurisdiction. In particular, participants analyzed I&J's work toward developing multistakeholder cooperation framework to develop standards and procedures for implementing due process across borders for Internet-related issues.

One thing is clear: In this connected world, we can no longer rely solely on national jurisdictions. We need to bring different parties together and look for shared commonalities.

The Special Rapporteurs emphasized that efforts to find operational solutions need to be in-line with human rights principles, and re-affirmed their role in the Internet & Jurisdiction global multistakeholder policy network as vocal proponents for the protection of human rights online.

We have to further the multistakeholder approach as presented by the Internet and Jurisdiction Project

The meeting concluded with a public discussion on September 25, 2015 at the European University Institute on the importance of freedom of expression online, the development of transnational due process frameworks, and the work of Internet & Jurisdiction.


Dunja Mijatovic

Representative on Freedom of the Media


Edison Lanza

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

Organization of American States

Eduardo Bertoni


Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE)

Frank La Rue

Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information


Rafendi Djamin


ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

Santiago Canton

Executive Director

RFK Partners for Human Right

Sylvie Coudray

Chief of Section, Freedom of Expression and Media Development