Human Rights in the Digital Era

About the Conference

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Background imageThis is the official website set up for the “Human Rights in the Digital Era” Conference, which was hosted by the University of Leeds. This Conference was an initiative of the School of Law at Leeds University and was organized in collaboration with the Institute of Communication Studies at PVAC, Leeds University. The aim of our conference was to produce an account of the current situation online and define the significance that human rights hold within a digital environment. The event was staged to inform and stimulate debate between academics and postgraduate students from different backgrounds and disciplines, highlight the dangers that human rights face online and suggest ways to overcome them.

The conference was held on the 16th of September 2011 at the School of Law in Leeds. It included four plenary sessions on the following areas:

1. Access Denied: From Online Access to Net Neutrality
2. Digital Policy: CTRL Extreme Content, ALTernative Threats, DELETE freedom of expression?
3. Behind the Firewall: The Right to Forget, the Right to Online Identity and Other Tales from the Digital Woods.
4. Publishing in the Online Wild West: ESCaping Privacy

The Conference was sponsored by ESSL and PVAC funds

Travel & Accommodation


The conference is located on the University of Leeds campus in the Liberty Building (building 16).

From Manchester Airport

Direct trains from MAN Airport to Leeds Rail Station

From Leeds Bradford Airport

Bus 757 to Leeds city centre every 30 min


Leeds offers a number of bed and breakfast options from which to choose.

Nearby Cardigan Road also offers a choice of hotels: Boundary Hotel and Butlers Hotel

Conference Venue

The event will be held in the Moot Court Lecture Theatre at the Liberty building, the state-of-art new building for the Law School of Leeds University.

The Liberty Building is situated on the corner of Moorland Road and Belle Vue Road on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds.

It is situated behind the Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School). It is shown on the campus map as no 16.

From Leeds train station, it is a 30 minute walk or you can take a taxi for around £5.00. Alternatively the number 56 bus runs from Albion Street via Woodhouse Lane (A660) and stops on Moorland Road. These run every 10 minutes. Leeds-Bradford Airport is about 25 minutes north-west by taxi via the A660. If travelling by car, there is a visitors’ car park at the south end of the University campus or there is four hour street parking on Belle Vue Road immediately behind the Liberty Building.

For more information on how to reach to the main campus, click here.

School of Law
The Liberty Building
University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 5033
Fax: +44 (0) 113 343 5056

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