Stanford Law School Appoints Joan Barata as Consulting Intermediary Liability Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society

Stanford Law School today announced the appointment of the freedom of expression, freedom of information, and media regulation international expert Joan Barata Mir as the Consulting Intermediary Liability Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Barata will pursue international and comparative approaches to intermediary obligations, focusing particularly on the implications vis-à-vis the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of information.

Joan Barata is an international expert in freedom of expression, freedom of information and media regulation. As a scholar, he has spoken and done extensive research in these areas, working and collaborating with various universities and academic centers, from Asia to Africa and America, authoring papers, articles and books, and addressing specialized Parliament committees. He was Principal Adviser to the Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as well as Secretary General of the Catalan Audio-Visual Council in Spain, while also being a member of the Secretariat of the Mediterranean Network of Regulatory Authorities. As an international expert, Joan has provided advice to international organizations, NGOs, Governments, legislators and regulators in most regions of the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America.           

“Joan Barata’s international expertise and experience will be very helpful for the Intermediary Liability project expanding the reach of its activities and the scope of our work, particularly in the European Union where so many initiatives and debates are currently in progress” said CIS Intermediary Liability Director Daphne Keller. “Joan’s experience with international organizations, national bodies and agencies and NGOs will add a valuable new perspective to the work of CIS as it strives to engage in a global debate about how intermediary liability is being considered and shaped in many regions of the world.”

In his new capacity as a Consulting Intermediary Liability Fellow, Barata sees an opportunity to focus full time on these legal and policy concerns. “The debates on the implications of intermediary liability legislation and regulation are nowadays intense and all major stakeholders, either public bodies or private companies, at both national and international levels, are participating in a very active manner. More than ever, proper and informed analysis is needed, not only as an academic exercise but also as an instrument to promote the adoption of the best legal and policy solutions”.

About The Center for Internet and Society

Led by faculty director Barbara van Schewick, The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a public interest technology law and policy program at Stanford Law School that supports the study of the interaction of new technologies and the law and is a part of the Law, Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. CIS strives to improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both as a means to further democratic values. Along with conducting research and policy analysis, the Center sponsors legal fellowships, organizes events to foster discussion of critical policy issues, and provides educational opportunities for law students to conduct applicable research and policy analysis in this field.

About Stanford Law School
Stanford Law School is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective, and focus on public service, spearheading a movement for change. 



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