We are looking for a consultant to develop a set of summary modules on freedom of expression in South and South East Asia for use in our litigation surgeries.
One of our core activities is the delivery of litigation surgeries to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of lawyers to litigate freedom of expression cases at national and regional courts. These surgeries have a practical focus. For instance, we tailor the programme to the case studies participants provide, which could be a case they are working on or a case they intend to pursue.
Having previously facilitated litigation surgeries in sub-Saharan Africa, we will now be organising our first litigation surgery in Asia. We therefore require a new set of training materials relevant to the region. The training materials are designed for practicing lawyers and give an overview of key concepts and emerging trends in freedom of expression.
We are looking to hire a consultant to add to our Summary Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression, where appropriate, to focus on Asia. Moreover, they need to draft additional modules on litigating cases of violence against journalists, and how to approach UN mechanisms. The consultant may use any of the material in the training manuals and modules available on the website.
We have outlined the list of topics for the development of training modules in the below attached document. For Modules 1-9, the consultant should add in additional references to include relevant national and regional case law from South and South East Asia separating it from the material previously developed by Media Defence on sub-Saharan Africa, as well as adding examples of where responses to the coronavirus pandemic have negatively impacted freedom of expression.
The full Terms of Reference, including the list of modules, can be found here: Media Defence_Asia Training Materials_ToR
Application and Expected Timeline
We are looking for someone with:
- At least two years’ experience drafting resources on freedom of expression for practising lawyers.
- Demonstrated knowledge of international/comparative law on the right to freedom of expression, digital rights, and internet freedom, with a particular focus on South and South East Asia.
- Availability to provide the deliverables within the expected timeline.
We expect the project to follow the below timeline:
- 30 April 2022: Deadline for submission of proposal
- 25 April 2022: Successful proposal will begin
- 12 June 2021: First draft submitted for review by Media Defence’s Legal Team
- 30 June 2020: Final submission
To apply, please submit the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A one-page proposal including key dates and timelines for the project.
- CV of those working on the project.
- Quotation/itemised budget in GBP (£).
- Example of relevant previous work undertaken.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
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