Legal scholar to present on privacy issues at Murdoch

March 21, 2012

Picture courtesy Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz

A media law expert from Germany will be discussing the issue of privacy protection in the context of increased media convergence at a public seminar at Murdoch University on Tuesday, March 27.

Professor Dieter Dörr from Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, which is situated in the city of Mainz, south west Germany, will explain how the process of digitisation and the development of ‘on-demand’ media across technologies and industries pose new risks for privacy protection across the globe.

He will also outline how law-makers in Germany have responded to strict European Union rules on privacy and illustrate difficulties with the enforceability of these regionally-limited statutory provisions.

“Professor Dörr will be able to provide a comparative international perspective on this pertinent and very current media law issue,” said Professor Jürgen Bröhmer, Dean of Murdoch’s School of Law.

“Media convergence and privacy protection across various media platforms is a burning issue here in Australia as much as in Germany or Europe.”

In February, an independent inquiry into the Australian media led by Ray Finkelstein QC recommended a new government-funded regulatory body, provoking a furious response from the nation’s media. The Finkelstein report will feed into the Australian government-established Convergence Review Committee’s examination of the policy and regulatory frameworks that apply to the converged media and communications landscape in Australia, due out at the end of this month.

“The law governing the media and other associated industries around the world has reached an interesting juncture and so I would advise that anyone with an interest attend Professor Dörr’s seminar,” added Professor Bröhmer.

“He will illustrate that unless international treaties broadening the scope of higher standards of protection are put in place, there is a risk that service providers will be able to get round the privacy laws of stricter regimes simply by moving elsewhere.”

Professor Dörr holds the Chair of Public, International and European Law (Media Law) in the Faculty of Law and Economics at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz and is the director of the Mainz Media Institute. He is the author of several monographs, has edited more than 30 books and published more than 180 journal articles and book chapters.

The seminar will take place at 1.30pm in Room 2.007 in the South Wing of the Library at Murdoch University. To attend, please RSVP Michelle Evans.

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