Donald Trump’s attack on the media as ‘the enemy of the people’ is one disturbing aspect of the US President’s leadership. Justin Gleeson, lawyer and Solicitor-General of Australia until his recent showdown with George Brandis, believes we should be worried by current events overseas, and how they relate to freedom of speech at home and globally. Justin delivers a lecture about the threats to freedom of expression, which lie primarily in governments and big business using power, surveillance and the law to silence legitimate criticism.

Justin Gleeson SC (Australian)

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Justin Gleeson SC is the former Solicitor-General of Australia. In that role, he provided advice to government at the highest level and represented the Commonwealth in the High Court of Australia and in the International Court of Justice. In 2017 he has returned to private legal practice in Australia and internationally as counsel, advisor and arbitrator. His latest book is the joint edited collection Historical Foundations of Australian Law.