Joshua Rozenberg chairs this first debate of The Oxford Putney Debates 2020: The Sovereignty of Parliament.
This interdisciplinary workshop explores formal state legal orders and asks: can we read judgments or legislation in ways that include the political, economic and social context of the legal text?
Professor Michael Gordon, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Liverpool, opens the Oxford Putney Debates 2020 with a Keynote Lecture on The Future of Parliamentary Sovereignty in a Democratic Constitution.
Join us for our first ever series of online debates on the subject of parliamentary sovereignty, hosted by the UK's leading legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg and the founder of the Oxford Putney Debates Prof Denis Galligan.
Watch the video to find out all you need to know about this year's Oxford Putney Debates - staged for the first time as a weekly series of live webinars, hosted by Joshua Rozenberg and Prof Denis Galligan, and available to watch from the comfort of your home.
Join us for this year’s Oxford Putney Debates, as we examine The Sovereignty of Parliament to determine who really wields ultimate power – and expose the shifting power dynamics at work under the fault lines of post-Brexit Britain.
In this policy brief, Dr Jufang Wang reviews China's regulation of digital media platforms against the backdrop of the party-state's concerns that the platforms' increasing power as gatekeepers of online news and information may undermine its information control.
Dr Wang examines the adjustment of China’s online content regulatory framework from targeting individual speakers and publishers to targeting digital platforms, which are required to fulfil a series of content governance obligations, including the real-name registration and verification policy, conducting real-time content monitoring, and establishing a user blacklisting mechanism.
Her analysis covers the rationale behind the severe punishments handed down to private platforms for hosting problematic content deemed to be politically sensitive, vulgar, or disinformation, as well as the efforts of the CCP to ensure greater control of the editorial decision-making of these digital media companies at the boardroom level.
She considers whether the so-called ‘special management share’ initiative may be applied to larger platforms such as WeChat and Weibo, and discusses the implications for their global reputation and possible conflicts arising from their obligations under international jurisdictions as publicly listed companies in overseas stock markets.
Dr Jufang Wang is deputy director of the Platforms, Governance, and Global Society (PGG) programme in the Law, Justice and Society Research Cluster at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Previously, Jufang was Vice Director of News at CRI Online (part of China Media Group, China’s equivalent of the BBC), and has been an academic visitor at the BBC (2011) and at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (2014).
In this live webinar, political scientist and constitutional expert Professor Daniel Smilov explores the link between the rise of populism and the rule of law in liberal democracies, with a specific focus on the experience of countries from Eastern Europe.