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Doreen Weisenhaus

Northwestern University
Director, Media Law and Policy Initiative, and Senior Lecturer
Evanston and Chicago IL USA

In September 2017, Doreen Weisenhaus joined Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and the Pritzker School of Law to launch the Media Law and Policy Initiative and to teach. Prior to joining Northwestern, she taught media law and ethics at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong (2000-2017), where she remains an Honorary Associate Professor and Director of the Media Law Project. Before HKU, she was city editor of The New York Times; the first legal editor of The New York Times Magazine before becoming its law and politics editor; and editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal, a leading publication for lawyers in the U.S. that won several major journalism awards during her tenure.




She also was a prosecutor in New York City, a television news producer in Chicago and a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal. She is the author of Hong Kong Media Law: A Guide for Journalists and Media Professionals (Hong Kong University Press 2007) and an expanded second edition in 2014. Her latest book, Media Law and Policy in the Internet Age, was released by Hart Publishing Oxford in 2017. Her research interests include international press freedom and worldwide trends in media law and policy. Since 2014, she has served as a member of the expert panel and working group for Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression Project.Twitter: @doreenhk