20 October 2022
09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 09:15


09:15 – 09:25

Opening Remarks

Lutz Kinkel, Managing Director European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
Flutura Kusari, Senior Legal Advisor, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

09:25 – 09:55

Welcoming Remarks

Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament
Věra Jourová, Vice President, Values and Transparency European Commission
Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

10:00 – 10:50

Panel 1 – European Initiatives to Counter SLAPPs

Flutura Kusari, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

Pia Lindholm, Deputy Head of Unit for Civil Justice in Directorate-General Justice and Consumers of the European Commission
Marie Hélène Boulanger, Head of Unit, Union Citizenship Rights and Free Movement, DG Justice, European Commission
Karmen Turk, Chair of the Council of Europe Expert Committee on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (MSI-SLP), Lecturer, University of Tartu and Partner at the Law Firm TRINITI, Estonia
Tiemo Wölken, Member of the European Parliament (SPD-S&D), JURI Rapporteur on the Anti-SLAPPs Directive
​​Stefan Schennach, Rapporteur on “Countering SLAPPs: An Imperative for the Democratic Society,” Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media – Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Austria, SOC)

10:50 – 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 – 12:10

Panel 2 – National Governmental Initiatives to Counter SLAPPs

Charlie Holt, Legal Counsel Campaigns, Greenpeace

Representative of Ministry of Justice of Ireland (tbc)
Representative of Ministry of Justice of Lithuania (tbc)
Naomi Cachia, Member of the House of Representatives, Malta (tbc)
Representative of Ministry of Justice of the UK (tbc)

12:15 – 13:05

Panel 3 – Testimonies from Recent SLAPP Cases and How Media are Dealing with SLAPPs

Matthew Caruana Galizia, Director, Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation

Andrew Rettman, EU Observer
Gillian Phillips, The Guardian
Piotr Stasiński, Gazeta Wyborcza
Karl Van den Broeck, Apache
Julia Nebel, Luhze Newspaper

13:05 – 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:20

Panel 4 – Role of Civil Society Organisations in Fighting Back SLAPPs

Maria Ordzhonikidze, Director, Justice for Journalists

Dirk Voorhoof, Prof. em. Human Rights Centre Ghent University, Legal Human Academy and Member of the CoE MSI-SLP Committee on Anti-SLAPP
Lukas Straumann, Executive Director, Bruno Manser Fond (Switzerland)
Walter Strobl, Press Club Concordia (Austria)
Susan Coughtrie, Project Director, Foreign Policy Centre (United Kingdom)
Veronika Feicht, Umweltinstitut (tbc)

15:20 – 15:50

Coffee Break

15:50 – 16:40

Panel 5 – Advocacy and Practical Support for SLAPP Victims

Julie Majerczak, Reporters Without Borders

Camille Petit, Communications and Project Officer, European Federation of Journalists
Sarah Clarke, Head of the Europe and Central Asia, Article 19
Tom Gibson, Committee to Protect Journalists
Gordana Miladinovic, Organized Crime & Corruption – Reporting Project
Flutura Kusari, Senior Legal Advisor, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

16:40 – 17:10

Coffee Break

17:10 – 17:40

The European SLAPP Contest Award Ceremony

The CASE announces the winners of the second European SLAPP Contest to recognise the most abusive lawsuits and litigants Europe has to offer. Reflecting the wide-ranging impact of SLAPPs, the contest awards powerful individuals and corporations in six different categories: Corporate Bully of the Year, SLAPP Politician of the Year, Litigation Addict of the Year, Bully Lawyers of the Year International Bully of the Year, and People’s Choice.

17:40 – 18:00

Closing Remarks