Mark Stephens

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Biographical Details

He is a partner of Finers Stephens Innocent.

"Mark has a deep interest and commitment to fundamental human rights and regularly practises before the European Court of Human Rights - principally on freedom of expression issues...

"Mark was rendered into a Spitting Image puppet." [1]

Appointments [2]

  • Appointed by Foreign Secretary to the FCO Free Expression Advisory Board
  • Appointed by the Lord Chancellor to be a Champion of the Community Legal Service
  • Vice Chair of the International Bar Association Media Law Committee
  • IBA trial observer most recently to Thailand in 2005
  • Chair of Policy Board Internet Watch Foundation (1996 - 1999)
  • Vice Chair of IWF (1999 - 2003)
  • Board Member of ICSTIS (Premium Rate telephone regulator) (1990-1999)
  • Trustee of SPARKS (Sport Aiding Research for Kids) with many celebrities (1996 - 2004)
  • Chair Greenwich & Docklands International Festivals (1999 - 2004)
  • Chair Solicitors’ Law Festival (1998 - 2001) formerly the Solicitors Annual Conference
  • Legal Director - Artlaw (1982 - 1984) a national legal advice centre
  • Senior Partner - Stephens Innocent (1984 - 1999)
  • Partner in a European cabinet of law firms - EEIG
  • Chair of the Management Committee of the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at Wolfson College, Oxford’s Centre for Socio Legal Studies
  • Former President of the North East London Law Society
  • Former member of the Law Society Public Relations Advisory Board
  • Founder of the Joint Ethics Committee for the Visual Arts
  • Held a seat on the British Copyright Council
  • Trustee of the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group of the Law Society of England and Wales for 7 years
  • Holds a seat on the International Advisory Board for the University of Hong Kong
  • Admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at London University
  • Recently conferred with Doctor of Laws (Honoris causa) by the University of East London
  • Editorial Board of the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal

Human Rights [3]

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  1. CV, Finers Stephens Innocent, accessed December 14, 2010.
  2. CV, Finers Stephens Innocent, accessed December 14, 2010.
  3. CV, Finers Stephens Innocent, accessed December 14, 2010.