Can Yeginsu chairing international law panel at the Second US Summit for Democracy – Washington D.C.

The US government is hosting the second Summit for Democracy this week, with in-person events in Washington, DC, and in the capitals of the four co-hosting nations: Costa Rica, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Zambia. This series of events and reports rounds out two years of ongoing work focused on the state of democracy in the world, the impact and governance of technology in that context, and approaches to bolstering human rights globally.

On Tuesday 28 March 2023, the United States will be co-hosting an event on media freedom for the Summit, with the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom at Georgetown University Law Center, courtesy of the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute.

The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom is the independent advisory body of the Media Freedom Coalition of States. The High Level Panel is chaired by the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury and is constituted of fifteen leading experts in the field of international law.

The event in Washington D.C. will be chaired by member of chambers Can Yeginsu in his capacity as the Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel, and member of the Law Faculty at Georgetown University Law Center.

The focus of the event at Georgetown will be on protective measures rooted in international law that can be taken by States in the face of the rise in the physical and digital threats to journalists’ safety and the restrictions on their work.

Technology for Democracy and Media Freedom on the occasion of the Second US Summit for Democracy, 28 March 2023


Professor Can Yeğinsu, Barrister, 3VB, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, and Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom


  • Catherine Amirfar, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom
  • Lynn Sicade, Director of the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labour
  • Nushin Sarkarati, Deputy Director of the Strategic Litigation Project, The Atlantic Council
  • Laurent Richard, Founder and Executive Director, Forbidden Stories
  • Jodie Ginsberg, President, Committee to Protect Journalists

Closing remarks:

Professor Elisa Massimino, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute

To register for in-person or online attendance:

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