Meet the Instructors

Dean Starkman (course director and instructor)

Dean Starkman is a fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society and a visiting lecturer at the School of Public Policy at Central European University, Budapest. He is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, 2014), an acclaimed analysis of business-press failures prior to the 2008 financial crisis. A longtime journalist, media critic and scholar, Starkman has won many awards for his writing on finance, media, and the business of news in an age of digital disruption.

Most recently, he was the Wall Street correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, reporting on the intersection of finance and society from New York. Previously, he ran the Columbia Journalism Review's business section, “The Audit”, a web-based provider of media criticism, reporting and analysis. He has been an Investigative Fund fellow at the Nation Institute and a Katrina Media Fellow of the Open Society Foundations and is a frequent speaker in the U.S. and Europe, most recently as a Poynter Journalism Fellow at Yale. He is lead editor of The Best Business Writing series, also published by Columbia University Press. His work on finance and media has also appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, Mother Jones, Washington Monthly, among other publications. An investigative reporter for more than two decades, Starkman covered white-collar crime and real estate for The Wall Street Journal and helped lead the Providence Journal's investigative team to a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.

Nani Jansen Reventlow (course instructor)

Nani Jansen Reventlow is an associate tenant at Doughty Street Chambers and a 2016-2017 fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. At the Berkman Klein Center, Nani's work focuses on cross-disciplinary collaboration in litigation that challenges barriers to free speech online.

Between 2011 and 2016, Nani has overseen the litigation practice of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) globally, leading or advising on cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and several African regional forums. Nani obtained the first freedom of expression judgment from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Konaté v. Burkina Faso) and the East African Court of Justice (Burundi Journalists’ Union v. Burundi), and appeared before the Supreme Court of Rwanda to argue international and comparative law standards on freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial. A Dutch-qualified attorney, Nani graduated in civil law and public international law from the University of Amsterdam and specialised in human rights at Columbia Law School and the European University Institute. She has developed and delivered training sessions on freedom of expression and human rights litigation to dozens of lawyers from several diverse jurisdictions, including India, Russia, Cambodia, Hungary, Botswana and Croatia.

Djordje Krivokapic (course instructor)

Djordje Krivokapic is the Legal and Policy Director of SHARE Foundation. He is also employed as an Associate Lecturer at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade, where he teaches courses on Business Law and IT Law. His primary fields of interest are the intersection of law and technology and the impact of emerging information technologies on society. In the spring of 2016, he finished his long-awaited doctoral thesis on the topic Reputation, Internet & Conflict of Laws and earned the title of Juris Doctor at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.

After graduating from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, in 2006 Djordje enrolled to the University of Pittsburgh Law School, graduating as LL.M. in International Commercial Law. During 2010 and 2012, he cooperated with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University as a visiting researcher and a member of working group on children’s digital safety in developing nations. Before pursuing his academic career and active role in Serbian civil society, Djordje worked as an Attorney Associate at Karanovic & Nikolic Law Office, one of the largest Belgrade law firms, predominantly on corporate, commercial and property matters, including issues of data protection and data-based business models regulatory compliance. Djordje also provides expert advice in corporate, telecommunications, intellectual property and ICT law to numerous start-ups, IT companies and artist hubs in Serbia, as well as state institutions.

Gill Phillips (course instructor)

Gill Phillips is a media law specialist. She currently works in-house as the Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited (publishers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers and theguardian.com). She advises on a range of content-related matters including defamation, privacy, contempt of court and reporting restrictions. She read History (Part I) and Law (Part II) at Selwyn College Cambridge. She trained at Coward (now Clifford) Chance and spent three years PQE in the litigation department there specialising in commercial/civil litigation. In 1987, she escaped from private practice, joining the BBC as an in-house lawyer dealing with pre and post publication and litigation matters.

Between 1996-1997 she was an in-house lawyer at News Group Newspapers (The Sun & The News of the World) before moving, in 1997, to the College of Law, where she lectured in Civil and Criminal Litigation and Employment. In September 2000, she joined Times Newspapers Limited (publishers of The Times and The Sunday Times) as an in-house lawyer, becoming Head of Litigation. In May 2009, she moved to Guardian News & Media Limited. She was a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Working Group on Libel Reform. She was involved in the Trafigura super injunction case and was a member of the Master of the Rolls Injunction Committee. She has advised Guardian News & Media on phone-hacking, Wikileaks, the Leveson Inquiry, the NSA leaks from Edward Snowden, the HSBC files and the Panama Papers. She also sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge and co-authors the College of Law Employment Law handbook.

 

Bojan Perkov (teaching asisstant)

Bojan Perkov is a Policy Researcher at SHARE Foundation. His activities in the Foundation include monitoring of the state of digital rights and freedoms in Serbia, conducting research and preparing and editing content. Bojan graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade (BA Journalism, MA Communication Studies). His interests and fields of work are freedom of expression, online/digital media and online content liability, as well as all other issues regarding expression on the Internet, such as Internet policy, hate speech, net neutrality, censorship, etc.

Nevena Krivokapic (course coordinator)

Nevena Krivokapic is a media lawyer, specializing in online media, freedom of expression in the digital environment and information privacy. Nevena has specific experience in working with online and traditional media as well as the wider digital and media environment, both regarding domestic as well as international framework. Media law has become the focus of her career in 2011, during her studies, when she was a member of winning team of the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade and when they won “Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition” at the University of Oxford. After working as an intern in the “Stojkovic & Prekajski” law office, which is primarily engaged in media law, representing the biggest publisher in Serbia, company “Ringier Axel Springer”, from 2013, she dedicated her work to exploring the new media ecosystem and position of online media for the implementation of human rights standards in the digital environment through activities of Share Foundation. Cooperation with the “Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition” continued and Nevena is today Moot Coordinator for 5 Regional Rounds held on 4 continents, as well as the final competition of the Moot Court at the University of Oxford.