Dr. Tarlach McGonagle specialises in a broad range of topics relating to international and European human rights law, especially the rights to freedom of expression and religion; minority rights; participatory rights, and cultural and linguistic rights. His other main area of expertise is international, European and comparative media law and policy. Themes such as pluralism, diversity, tolerance and “hate speech” have a central place in his research. Dr. McGonagle was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Amsterdam (2008) for his thesis examining the interface between freedom of expression and minority rights under international law. He also holds an LL.M. degree in International Human Rights Law (University of Essex, 2001) and a B.A. International in Law and French (National University of Ireland, Galway, 1998). He regularly advises and writes expert studies for various branches of the Council of Europe, the OSCE and other IGOs and NGOs. He is a member of the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on quality journalism in the digital age, having previously served as Rapporteur of both the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (2016-2017) and its Committee of Experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (2014-15). He is currently drafting a set of 'Guidelines on National Minorities and the Media in the Digital Age' at the request of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. He was an invited expert speaker at the Thematic Discussion on “Racist Hate Speech” organised by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2012. In Spring 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Fellow at the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law (RIIPL), Rutgers School of Law - Camden, New Jersey. Dr. McGonagle is a senior researcher at the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research and is co-chair of its Working Group on human rights in the digital age. He is a member of: the Euromedia Research Group; the Editorial Board of the European Audiovisual Observatory; the Advisory Board of the Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and the Dutch Association for Media and Communication Law’s Study Group on Protection of Sources. A former academic coordinator of IViR’s specialised LL.M. programme, Informatierecht, he coordinates and lectures on a number of the programme’s compulsory and elective modules and on the Research Master in Information Law.