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International standards on media law discussed among Chinese jurists

The first China Round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition was held in Beijing from 1 to 3 December 2013, fostering exchanges on international media law standards among more than 90 Chinese jurists, scholars and law students.

Eleven teams composed by more than 70 members competed in the Round discussing hypothetical cases concerning defamation, privacy, Internet and press freedom.

The three-day extracurricular activity gathered together teams from 11 top law schools in China and selected the qualified teams for the international round, which will be held in Oxford University on April 2014.

The 2013-2014 China Round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, a simulated court hearing used for pedagogical and research purposes, was co-organized by the Renmin University of China, its Asia-Pacific Institute of Law and Civil Law and its Commercial Law Legal Science Research Center, with the support of the UNESCO Office in Beijing.

Eventually, Shandong University prevailed over the China University of Political Science and Law. Both finalists qualified for 2014 International Round in Oxford, UK, along with the Communication University of China and the Tsinghua University.

Organized by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford, the Price Media Law Moot Court began in 2008 to foster an interest in international media law standards.

The Moot Court Programme now includes a number of regional rounds in different continents and builds a global network of students, lawyers and research partners, focusing on media law, fostering young media defenders and raising the profile of freedom of expression.

The initiative is named in honour of Professor Monroe E. Price, founder of the (PCMLP), in recognition of his contribution to the development of media freedom and the rule of law.