The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is a research and policy programme that brings together scholars, policymakers and practitioners to study contemporary issues in global media law and policy. We have a particular interest in understanding new information and communications technologies (ICTs) and governance in transitioning and fragile states. We strive to do this from different perspectives and we emphasize the importance of the culture and values of all the actors, both local and international.

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Iginio Gagliardone

Research fellow in New Media and Human Rights

Iginio's research focuses on the complex relationship between new media, political change, and human rights. it relates to the emerging trend towards distinctive models of the information society. His past and current research projects have explored this relationship from different perspectives: from assessing the role of new media in peace-building and state-building in East Africa, to examining the increasing role of emerging powers, especially China, in shaping the development of information societies in Africa. his most recent research projects explore the nature and significance of hate speech online, with a particular emphasis on the tradeoff between freedome of expression and human dignity, and also on how social networking platforms are responding or failing to respond to the challenges presented by hate speech.

Nicole Stremlau

Senior Research Fellow / Head of Price Media Law Moot Court Programme 

The focus of Nicole's research is on media policy and new technologies in conflict, with speicla interest on eastern Africa. In Somalia she is examining innovation in the absence of formal state regulations, including the rapid growth of mobile money and the impact of radio call-in programmes on government accountability. In a separate, EU-funded collaborative project on mdeia, Conflict and Democratization in Egypt, Serbia, South Africa and Kenya, Nicole is leading the Oxford team that is respondible for research in Kenya, specifically around issues of the International Criminal Court, violence around elections and the marginalisation of Kenya's Somali community. As Head of PCMLP, Nicole fosters the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme, the Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute and various collaborative projects with our university partners in China, India and the US.