Professor Public Law
- Prof.dr. T.E. McGonagle
- +31 71 527 2727
As of 1 May 2019, McGonagle holds the chair in Media Law & Information Society. The chair is financed by the A.W. Hins Fund, administered by the Leiden University Fund. Tarlach specializes in a range of issues relating to media law and the information society: freedom of expression; the interface between information and communication technologies and human rights; international and comparative media regulation and policy; the future of news and journalism; minority rights; the safety of journalists; hate speech and media pluralism. He coordinates and teaches the course, Media Law and the Information Society, at Leiden Law School. The course is offered as a ‘profileringsvak’ as part of the master programme in Constitutional and Administrative Law.
Besides his position at Leiden Law School, Tarlach is a senior researcher/lecturer at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), Amsterdam Law School, where he has worked in various capacities since 2001. He was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Amsterdam in 2008 for his thesis examining the interface between freedom of expression and minority rights under European and international law.
He is a senior researcher in the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research, where he co-chairs the Working Group on human rights in the digital age. He is also a member of the Euromedia Research Group.
Tarlach regularly advises and writes expert studies and policy texts for various branches of international organizations such as the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He is a member of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on quality journalism in the digital age, having previously served as Rapporteur of both the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (2016-17) and its Committee of Experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (2014-15). He was principal drafter of the Tallinn Guidelines on National Minorities and the Media in the Digital Age for the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.
At Amsterdam Law School, Tarlach coordinates and lectures on a number of courses on the specialized master programme in Information Law (Informatierecht). He was voted Amsterdam Law School Lecturer of the Year for 2018.
Professor Public Law
- Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
- Instituut voor Publiekrecht
- Staats- en Bestuursrecht
Work addressKamerlingh Onnes Building
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B1.38
- McGonagle T.E., annotation: ECtHR 15 June 2021, no. 35686/19, EHRC Updates 2021: (EHRC 2021-0166 Melike v. Turkey – Social media ‘likes’ and freedom of expression: the ECtHR’s tentative considerations).
- McGonagle T.E., annotation: ECtHR 4 May 2021, no. 41139/15, EHRC Updates 2021: (EHRC 2021-0127 Akdeniz v. Turkey – Academics get the short end of the stick in news reporting judgment).
- McGonagle T.E., annotation: EHRM 8 December 2020, no. 33794/14, EHRC Updates 2021: (EHRC 2021-0018 Panioglu t. Roemenie – Strasbourg judges take a dim view of one judge’s criticism of another).
- Volgenant O. & McGonagle T.E. (2021), Persvrijheidsmonitor 2020, Mediaforum 2021(5): 142-146.
- Pentney K. & McGonagle T.E. (2020), The Opportunities and Challenges of Addressing Hate Speech with Artificial Intelligence [Submission to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media #SAIFE Public Consultation]. [policy paper].
- McGonagle T.E., annotation: EHRM 23 June 2020, no. 20159/15; 10795/14, ECLI:CE:ECHR:2020:0623JUD002015915; ECLI:CE:ECHR:2020:0623JUD001079514. EHRC Updates 2020 (EHRC 2020-0176 & 2020-0186 EHRC 2020-0176 & 2020-0186 Kharitonov t. Rusland & Bulgakov t. Rusland – Court stands firm on excessive nature of IP-address blocking).
- McGonagle T.E. (2020), Free Expression and Internet Intermediaries: The Changing Geometry of European Regulation. In: Frosio G. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Online Intermediary Liability. Oxford Handbooks in Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 467-485.
- McGonagle T.E., annotation: HvJ EU 3 October 2019, no. C-18/18, ECLI:EU:C:2019:821. EHRC Updates 2020 (EHRC 2020-0042 EHRC 2020-0042 Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek - CJEU clarifies hosting providers’ obligations to remove defamatory content, for now).
- McGonagle T.E. (2020), Defamation law reform, the European Convention on Human Rights, and European law. ‘Defamation law reform, the European Convention on Human Rights, and European law’, Symposium: Reform of Defamation Law, [Irish Government] Department of Justice and Equality, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland, on 14 November 2019. [policy paper].
- Volgenant O.M.B.J. & McGonagle T.E. (2020), Kroniek Persrecht 2019, Mediaforum 2020(3): 87-89.
- McGonagle T.E. (2019), Safety of Journalists: Introduction. OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Warsaw, Poland, 18 September 2019. [policy paper].
- Angelopoulos C., Brody A., Hins A.W., Hugenholtz B., Leerssen P., Margoni T., McGonagle T., Daalen O. van & Hoboken J. van (2016), Study of fundamental rights limitations for online enforcement through self-regulation. Amsterdam: Institute for Information Law (IViR).
- Expert Member & Co-Rapporteur, Committee of Experts on SLAPPs
- Lid, International Editorial Board
- Research and education
- Vaste annotator, European Human Rights Cases Updates
- Member, Pool of experts, Anti-discrimination and protection of national minorities programmes
- Member, Panel of Experts
- Member, Advisory Board, JOLT: Harnessing Digital and Data Technologies for Journalism , EU H2020
- Editorial Board Member, IRIS Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory
- Advisory Board Member