- AGL IN VENICE
UPDATE: We are deeply sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
4-5 June 2020 //
Venice, Italy //
AGL IN VENICE – ART LAW FORUM – CANCELLED
Join Avant Garde Lawyers, Artist at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America, and Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression for the first Art Law Forum taking place on the 4 and 5 June 2020, in Venice, Italy.
- AGL AT THE ECHR
March 2020 //
Strasbourg, France //
AGL AT THE ECHR
In March 2020, AGL delivers the next series of workshops for the lawyers of the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights. The course explores the question of legal-moral constraints on the free speech of artists. Read what former participants say here. If you would like Avant-Garde Lawyers to design and deliver an audience-specific course on freedom of artistic expression, please get in touch with Andra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- AGL IN SINGAPORE
12 Nov 2019 //
AGL IN SINGAPORE – PILNET GLOBAL FORUM
AGL Director speaks at the 2019 PILnet Global Forum, the Global Network for Public Interest Law. Ms. Matei will be in Singapore on 12 November alongside Sarah Belal, Kimberley Motley and Malathi Das to discuss law as a force for good. Read more about the event here
- AGL IN SOUTH KOREA
28 Oct 2019 //
Seoul, South Korea //
FINAL RULING IN THE CASE OF KOREAN GRAFFITI ARTIST, TAEYONG JEONG
AGL’s defense team succeeded to avert a prison sentence of one year for the Korean graffiti artist, Taeyoung Jeong! AGL argued for the first time in a court of law that graffiti is a form of social and political commentary deserving of protection under Korean constitutional law, and international human rights law. Read more about Taeyoung’s case.
> Read about this case in the Korea News (in Korean)
- AGL IN FRANCE – CNDA
03 October 2019 //
Montreuil, France //
FINAL RULING IN THE CASE OF ARTIST FERHAT TEMEL
Ferhat Temel is a musician of Kurdish origin from the Tunceli Province in Turkey. After the tentative coup d’état in 2016, Ferhat fled Turkey and arrived in France where he asked for asylum. In Turkey, Ferhat performed in a music group called « Umuda » (“Hope”). Umuda’s songs touch on political and social issues regarding the Kurdish minority in Turkey which has led its members to be persecuted repeatedly by the Turkish authorities. Ferhat was harassed, beaten and placed in police custody numerous times following non-violent and lawful performances at rallies, political meetings and social gatherings such as Newroz, International Women’s Day and Labour Day.
In addition to his politically and socially engaged music, Ferhat has also experienced threats and persecution for his refusal to perform military service. Ferhat claims to be a conscientious objector and refuses to carry a weapon on the grounds of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.Mr. Temel’s asylum claim was initially rejected by the French authorities but thanks to avant-garde lawyer Umit Killinc’s perseverance a final decision of the French Asylum Court (CNDA) from 3 October has finally granted Ferhat the refugee status.
- AGL AT FREEDOM TRANSMISSIONS
6 June 2019 //
Berlin, Germany //
FREEDOM TRANSMISSIONS : INTERVENTIONS oN tHE PROTECTION aND PROMOTION oF ARTISTIC FREEDOM
By utilizing the law creatively, Avant-Garde Lawyers introduces an innovative approach to safeguard freedom of artistic expression as a basic human right across the globe. At « FREEDOM TRANSMISSIONS » in Berlin Andra Matei discusses freedom of expression in the context of street art on the Berlin Wall alongside graffiti experts Don Karl and Katia Hermann.
- AGL IN CUBA
4 March 2019 //
ART UNDER PRESSURE: DECREE 349 RESTRICTS CREATIVE FREEDOM IN CUBA
AGL Director co-authors white paper on Cuba’s recent Decree 349. If you’d like to know how this piece of legislation codifies and institutionalizes flagrant restrictions on free speech, free association and creative expression in Cuba read the white paper here.
- AGL AT THE UNITED NATIONS
1 March 2019 //
Geneva, Switzerland //
JOINT STATEMENT AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL’S 40th SESSION IN GENEVA
Avant-Garde Lawyers, Artists at Risk Connection and Freemuse call for the adoption by the Human Rights Council of a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Artists. The joint statement was made during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights during, Karima Bennoune. Read the statement here.
- AGL IN SK – CONFERENCE
19 Dec 2018 //
Seoul, South Korea //
GRAFFITI:ART OR VANDALISM? THE CASE OF TAEYONG JEONG
Co-hosted by Public interest Law Center for People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy
Korea University Law School
Labour Party, Culture and Arts and Committee
Andra Matei discusses with free speech experts in Seoul about the need to place street art in the larger context of freedom of expression and reminds Korean courts of the international obligations they are held to respect, obligations which emerge from their allegiance to democratic values and respect for freedom of expression.