On 23 May 2017 tfl-research fellow Cannelle Lavite will be giving a lecture on the Lux Leaks’ trial and freedom of expression under the European Convention of Human Rights.
In recent years, whistleblowers have put freedom of expression at the center of political and legal debates. On March 15th 2017, an appeal Court in Luxembourg condemned the Lux Leaks’ whistleblowers for theft and fraudulent access in an informatic system. This decision follows the Antoine Deltour’s disclosure of a wide scale tax-avoidance scheme for multinationals in Europe and the global recognition of this disclosure’s benefit for the public interest. This trial embodies the challenges of protecting freedom of expression against financial or political antagonist interests, and furthers questions the ability of the European Court of Human Rights to effectively protect disclosures made in the public interest.
We will review the decision’s legal arguments and ask ourselves: how consistent are these arguments with art. 10 ECHR on freedom of expression? To what extent are whistleblowers legitimate to disclose secret – but lawful – tax agreements? Are the existing criteria elaborated in Strasbourg enough to protect whistleblowers?
The presentation preceeding the discussions will be held in English.back to overview