Meeting of Experts

Artistic Freedom around the World: Challenges, Standards & Definitions

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | APRIL 13, 2017


Artistic Freedom Center convened a meeting of experts to examine the definitions, standards, and human rights law pertaining to artistic freedom of expression, identify the key threats, and collect stories of artists’ experiences on the ground.

The workshop brought together 30 international experts, including artists, lawyers, activists, policymakers and academics in order to develop a long-term agenda to promote freedom of artistic expression around the world. This gathering will serve as a launching point for a new effort to revive the protections guaranteed to artistic expression in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights spearheaded by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression David Kaye– the UN’s principal monitor for freedom of expression worldwide.

The meeting was hosted by AFC in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur and the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and held at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, CA.
Participants include:
(1) Rebecca (Bec) Allen, UC Davis, School of Law
(2) Terry Anderson, Cartoonists Rights Network International (Glasgow)
(3) Judy Baca, University of California at Los Angeles
(4) Karima Bennoune, United Nations Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights
(5) Deborah Brown for Association for Progressive Communications
(6) Charles Brownstein, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
(7) Erika Budrovich, UC Davis School of Law
(8) Sarah Choi, UC Irvine, School of Law
(9) Soraya Davia, UC Irvine, School of Law
(10) Julia Farrington, Index Censorship (London)
(11) Jeffrey Marburg Goodman for Artistic Freedom Center
(12) Dr. Michel Martinez, USC
(13) Marissa Román Griffith, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
(14) David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and Opinion
(15) Marire Korpe, FreeMuse (Copenhagen)
(16) Jack Lerner, University of California Irvine School of Law
(17) Mark LeVine, University of California Irvine Department of History
(18) Kristi Lin, UC Irvine, International Justice Clinic
(19) Cara Mertes, Ford Foundation
(20) Svetlana Mintcheva, National Coalition Against Censorship
(21) Suzanne Nossel, Pen America (22) Jonathan Ogata, UC Davis School of Law
(23) Srirak Plipat, FreeMuse (Copenhagen)
(24) James Prince, Artistic Freedom Center
(25) Ole Reitov, Freemuse (Copenhagen) (26) Alison Dundes Renteln, University of Southern California
(27) Adrienne Shelnutt, Artistic Freedom Center
(28) Julie Trebault, PEN America, Director of the Artist at Risk Connection
(29) Juan Vazquez, Article 19 (Mexico)
(30) Christine Wendel, UC Irvine, School of Law
(31) Sara Whyatt, Association for Progressive Communications (London)
(32) Ani Zonneveld, Muslims for Progressive Values