Conflict of Laws and the American Constitution: Fair Trial vs. Free Press


This lecture by a distinguished practicing attorney and professor of law addresses the issues that arise in the United States when the constitutional right of a free press collides with a criminal defendant’s constitutional rights to a fair trial, to a fair and impartial jury, and to due process of law.

Wednesday, October 19 2016, 6:00 p.m. s.t.
Mittwoch, 19. Oktober 2016, 18:00 Uhr s.t.
Juridicum – SEM 52 / Staircase 1 / 5th oor
Schottenbastei 10 - 16
1010 Vienna - Wien

In America, criminal defendants are innocent until proven guilty at trial. They enjoy inalienable constitutional rights when confronted by the overwhelming power of the state. Equally, however, the press enjoys unfettered constitutional protection to publish and report on pending criminal proceedings. When these rights collide, it is the judiciary that balances a defendant’s constitutional protections with the press’s constitutional right to publish.

The constitutional collision is particularly acute where the media publishes articles based on condential information that the news reporter obtained in violation of a court order prohibiting its use. In addition, core conict of laws principals are implicated where the reporter acts under color of the law of a
state that provides an absolute privilege for such activities, but the non-dissemination order was issued by a court in a state where the reporter has only a qualied or limited privilege.

The lecture by Visiting Guest Professor Simon, which should be of interest to everyone concerned with comparative law and conict of laws issues, discusses and analyzes these conicts in depth, and suggests a mechanism by which the courts may render justice where, as here, fundamental constitutional and statutory rights collide. Ample opportunity for questions will be offered.

Samuel Simon, Guest professor at the University of Vienna
He also welcomes all interested persons to his lectures given from October 17 until October 21 in the Juridicum - SEM 52

Introduction Conict of Laws and the American Constitution:
Fair Trial vs. Free Press

Lecture in English
Vortrag in englischer Sprache

06:00 p.m. s.t. – 18:00 Uhr s.t.
Greeting and introductory comments
Begrüßung und einführende Worte
o. Univ.- Prof. Dr. Bea VERSCHRAEGEN, LL.M., M.E.M.

Speaker – Es spricht
Prof. Samuel R. SIMON,
Attorney, Simon & Associates, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University
School of Law

End of the event at approx. 7:30 p.m.
Schluss der Veranstaltung gegen 19:30 Uhr

Please register by October 17, 2016
Anmeldung erbeten bis 17. Oktober 2016

Oce of the Interdisciplinary Association of Comparative and
Private International Law – Sekretariat der Interdisziplinären Gesell -
schaft für Komparatistik und Kollisionsrecht
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Entrance is free of charge. Donations are welcome. Application for
membership and further information about IACPIL will be available.

Der Eintritt ist frei. Spenden sind willkommen. Beitrittsformulare und
weitere Informationen zur IGKK liegen auf.

Venue – Veranstaltungsort
Juridicum - SEM 52
Staircase 1 / 5th oor - Stiege 1 / 5. Stock
Schottenbastei 10 - 16
1010 Vienna – Wien