In this talk we discuss the implications of #MeToo for media lawyers and those working in the field of women’s human rights. While #MeToo has launched an important global movement, it has also raised difficulties for those trying to speak out about their abuse. Post #MeToo there has been a rise in civil legal actions against those who have spoken out online and in the media. In England and Wales this issue has recently come to light in the Supreme Court case of Stocker v Stocker in which a judge at first instance infamously stated that the ex-partner’s ‘intention had been to silence and not to kill’ his ex-wife when he placed his hand on her throat. Through a number of case studies, we discuss the current challenges and implications at the intersection between freedom of expression, protection of women’s rights and the right to tell one’s story.
Dr Keina Yoshida is currently a research officer on the project ‘A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security’ at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. She has taught on LLB and masters courses in a number of universities in the UK and further afield on the topic of international human rights law, conflict, feminism and women’s human rights. She is a member of the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies. Having gained her PhD from the LSE on the topic of law, film and international law, Keina now manages a portfolio that combines practice and academic work.
Jennifer Ribinson is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. She has been instructed in human rights related judicial review cases, has advised individual and state clients in international law, appeared in the Internationa