Teaching Matters

Freedom of Expression Law Clinic: Practical learning for professional skills

The Edinburgh Law School has offered its students a new course in international and comparative standards for freedom of speech and of the media.

In September 2015, Edinburgh Law School launched its first Freedom of Expression Law Clinic.

The course, aimed at Honours students, offers them the chance to familiarise themselves with the international and comparative standards for freedom of speech and of the media.

The Clinic consists of two distinct but connected and mutually reinforcing programmes run throughout the academic year. The academic component provides teaching and learning on the law concerning freedom of expression and case studies; whilst the clinical component provides a practical opportunity to develop useable skills relevant to their future careers.

It is a unique chance for students to gain first-hand experience on human rights cases and culminates with the students drafting submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur on behalf of real-life clients, under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

The Clinic in run in partnership with London-based international NGO Media Legal Defence Initiative; a world-leading organisation providing legal help to journalists, bloggers and independent media; and prominent barristers and advocates based in London and Edinburgh.