Welcome to IMLA

The International Media Lawyers Association is an international network of lawyers working in the areas of media law, media freedom and media policy, and committed to promoting and defending the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression and freedom of information.

This founding Memorandum of the International Media Lawyers’ Association was developed and approved by the Founding Meetings of the Association which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia on 22-23 February 2004 and in Belgrade, Serbia, on 5-6 March 2004. A full list of Founder Members and Interim Steering Committee Members is attached. The Founding Meetings were the initiative of media lawyers in Eastern Europe and the Community of Independent States (CIS), in particular by the alumni of the 2002 and 2003 Oxford Media Law Advocates Summer School, run by the University of Oxford's Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy. The Justice Initiative of the Open Society and the Stanhope Centre organized the founding meetings, with assistance of the Liberty Institute in Georgia and the Media Center in Serbia.