Lord Justice Leveson announced that he would hold a number of seminars to enable consideration of the central public policy issues in the Inquiry’s terms of reference to be enriched by and examined from across a range of informed perspectives.

Each of the seminars will be chaired by one or more of the Inquiry’s assessors, and to ensure that the seminars are informed by professional opinion in the field, Lord Justice Leveson will invite a small number of influential experts and key people in the area to make a personal contribution by presenting brief papers to stimulate debate among an invited audience of opinion-formers.

The seminars will be recorded and available for anyone to view on the website.  The intention is that these seminars will provide the stimulus for an open invitation for both media professionals and members of the public to continue the debate online, and provide further evidence to the Inquiry which Lord Justice Leveson will take into account.

These seminars will constitute a part of the Inquiry’s procedures.  Lord Justice Leveson will be present and listening throughout, and the papers and debates will be important parts of the Inquiry’s records.  But the seminars are in addition to, and quite distinct from, the forensic fact-finding exercise that is also being undertaken by way of formally seeking witness evidence as to the circumstances surrounding the phone-hacking scandal itself and the other issues that the Inquiry has been asked to consider and where Lord Justice Leveson is separately inviting or requiring first-hand accounts from a range of witnesses, to the facts and the approach.  The seminars, by contrast, are an opportunity for the Inquiry to take a broad brush look at the wider picture – to hear opinions and debate.

Module 1 Seminars

Seminar 1: The Competitive Pressures on the Press and the Impact on Journalism  

Seminar 2: The Rights and Responsibilities of the Press

Seminar 3: Supporting a free press and high standards – approaches to regulation