Comparative law can help defenders of human rights identify common issues, trends, and build litigation strategies and advocacy campaigns. It can also help to identify where there is backsliding and leverage progressive precedents. However, locating and analyzing legal developments can be tedious and time-consuming. Various organizations from different regions are already cooperating to analyze court documents and make the information free and accessible online. These organizations will present case studies on how comparative data can be used to identify problems, compare how courts in different jurisdictions have understood legal principles, and how to use emerging international standards to support advocacy. Lawyers and human rights defenders can use these resources to build strong arguments and advance rights.


  • Catalina Botero, Consulting Director, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression
  • Dr Hawley Johnson, Associate Director, Global Freedom of Expression
  • Juan Manuel Ospina, Legal Researcher, Global Freedom of Expression [GFoE Case Law Database]
  • Daniel Ospina Celis, Researcher, Dejusticia
  • Nelly Chepngetich Rotich, Research Fellow, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University, Kenya [Cyrilla Database]
  • Dr Natalie Alkiviadou, Research Fellow, Future of Free Speech [FFS Hate Speech Databases]
  • Dr Alberto Godioli, Associate Professor, University of Groningen, Netherlands [ForHum Database]
  • Laura Little, James G. Schmidt Professor of Law at Temple University Law School [ForHum Database]
  • Raisa Carrillo, Coordinator of Protection and Legal Defense for Journalists, Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa [FLIP]
  • Stephen Townley, Legal Director of the TrialWatch initiative at the Clooney Foundation for Justice [TrialWatch]
Senior Research Fellow
+ Recent

Natalie Alkiviadou is a Senior Research Fellow at The Future of Free Speech. Her research interests lie in the freedom of expression, the far-right, hate speech, hate crime, and non-discrimination.