Advanced Diploma in Social Media and Media Law at King’s Inns

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The Advanced Diploma in Social Media and Media Law at King’s Inns provides an overview of media law in Ireland in addition to addressing emerging issues in this area.

The law governing media and social media encompasses several different areas, from defamation and privacy to criminal and intellectual property laws. The legal principles underpinning the use of various forms of media have practical consequences in many professions; journalism, blogging, and political communications through to marketing, advertising, and in many other areas of business and civil society. The practical application of the law in these different industries requires balancing rights and interests that will be explored through the delivery of this course, from protecting the rights to privacy and a good name to recognising the importance of ensuring freedom of expression in a democratic society.

The law in this area evolves alongside the developments in technology that occur on an almost daily basis. This Social Media and Media Law course will seek to provide participants with insights in respect of relevant legal principles and provide them with opportunities to hear from leading experts and individuals with vast experience in applying those principles in their engagement with media and social media in practice.

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Advanced Diploma in Social Media and Media Law at King’s Inns

On completion of the Diploma, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the main elements of social media and media law;
  2. Critically assess how the law regulates the media environment;
  3. Understand the obligations and rights of social media and media practitioners;
  4. Evaluate emerging developments in media law and in particular, social media law;
  5. Critically analyse and apply constitutional provisions, statutory provisions and the principles in case law;
  6. Conduct research into areas of media law;
  7. Engage in critical thinking and legal analysis.

This course is suitable for professionals working in social media, digital marketing, communications and public relations. People working as writers, journalists, bloggers, in–house counsel, those working in the newspaper and broadcasting industries, data protection lawyers and lawyers working in the public and private sector together with anyone in the entertainment or media industries.

This course takes place in an online format only, live via Zoom, with recordings of lectures available after class is over. Interactive elements such as class discussions / tutorials will not be recorded and will be cast live only.

The course takes place over approx. 16 weeks from October to April, with lectures on Tuesdays from 8.30 am to 10 am.

Course Start Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Course Content

  • Course overview and introduction (live session, not recorded)
  • Introduction to social media and media law
  • Freedom of expression under the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
  • Defamation – Part I, II + III
  • Privacy, online publications and remedies available
  • Contempt of court
  • The media and the courts
  • Censorship
  • Public order and morality
  • Online publication
  • Social media and the law
  • Data protection and the media
  • Regulation of the press
  • Broadcast regulation
  • A view from the Bench – judicial speaker (live session, not recorded)

Application Deadline: Extended to midnight on Sunday, October 9, 2022

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Based between Henrietta Street and Constitution Hill in Dublin 1, King’s Inns is an independent educational institution renowned for professional legal education and training. It is Ireland’s oldest School of Law and one of Ireland’s significant historical environments.

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Steven Galvin

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