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ILS Lunch Seminar with Hans-Martien ten Napel and Mark Leiser

The monthly ILS Lunch Seminars present the perfect opportunity to unite the different institutes situated within Leiden Law School and are steadily developing into somewhat of a tradition. On Thursday 11 October 2018, the second edition of the monthly ILS Lunch Seminars 2018-2019 will take place. This seminar will feature presentations from Hans-Martien ten Napel and Mark Leiser.

Hans-Martien ten Napel is an Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden University. During this ILS Lunch Seminar, he will give a presentation on “Modern Constitutional Practice and the Ideal of Self-Government”. Recently, Ten Napel submitted a research proposal which emerged as the fruit of a generous ‘seed money grant for frontier research’ he received from the ILS profile area in 2017. If there is one word which sums up the ideal underlying modern Western political orders, it is self-government. However, developments after the Second World War have led to the face of contemporary constitutionalism changing dramatically. These developments raise the question if, and to what extent, the ideal of self-government is still realized under modern constitutional practice?

The second presentation will be given by Mark Leiser, Assistant Professor at the department of eLaw, on “A principle-based response to the #FakeNews crisis”. The challenges of deceptive content (“AstroTurfing”, fake news, deep fakes, state-sponsored propaganda, etc.) will only become greater with advances in technology. Unfortunately, most of the proposals for tackling the scourge of fake news has been fragmented and compartmentalised, with stakeholders making arguments that can be categorised as either “protectionist” (media organisations calling for diverted digital advertising funds to support news outlets); “Slow” (increasing digital literacy through educational programmes); and “tweaking the status quo” (encouraging the Advertising Standards Agency to improve its self-regulation of the commercial advertising eco-system). These approaches are insufficient to quell the problems and require an alternative, principled approach. This short presentation will outline what this approach might indeed look like with focus on interagency cooperation and ‘repowering’ existing regulators within human rights frameworks in order to disrupt economic incentives in order to regulate political coercion.

This ILS Lunch Seminar will take place on Thursday 11 October, from 13:00 until 14:00 hrs. in KOG A0.08. Lunch is provided at the monthly seminars and there is no need to register, just join!

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