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Media intrusion and human rights: striking the balance

20 February 2012

What constitutes ‘in the public interest’ and how can this be balanced against someone’s human right to privacy as defined under the Human Rights Act?

This highly relevant topic will be examined in the latest Cardiff Law School public lecture on Thursday 15 March. Entitled Media intrusion and human rights: striking the balance, the lecture will be delivered by The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Arden DBE. She will outline the important jurisprudence from the European Court of Human Rights on this subject and discuss two recent cases in some detail.

She will describe the role European human rights jurisprudence has played in the development of our domestic law in the last ten years, and discuss the process of balancing the rights of the individual against the rights of the public at large. She will identify some of the problem areas in the present law, such as the lack of statutory regulation and the limitations of the present law, recently highlighted by the growth of social media.

Currently, Head of International Judicial Relations for England and Wales, The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Arden DBE was called to the bar in 1971 and became a QC in 1986. She was appointed a Lady Justice of Appeal in 2000. She has written and contributed to various books and articles and given lectures on a range of subjects including human rights.

The lecture will start at 6.30pm in the Law School, Museum Avenue, Cardiff.

For further information or to book your place please contact

Notes to Editor

Cardiff Law School is known internationally for its work across a wide range of research fields and for translating its research into information for policy-makers and practitioners. The most recent independent assessment of the quality of research in British universities ranked the School joint 7th in the UK. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is home to the Centre for Professional Legal Studies, the leading provider of legal training in Wales. The Centre is one of only a handful of providers validated by the professional bodies (the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority) to offer both the main vocational training courses for solicitors and barristers. Cardiff’s Legal Practice Course has consistently achieved the Solicitors Regulation Authority (formerly the Law Society) highest grade. Visit the Law School website at:

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

For more information, please contact:

Alison Tobin

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Cardiff Law School

Cardiff University

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