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About Speaker

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Mr. Richard J. Pettz-Steele

Professor Media Law
University of Massachusetts Law School, USA
Vice-Chair, ABA International Law Section, Legal Education
Fellow, American Bar Foundation. Member: AEJMC
Editorial Board, Journal of Media Law & Ethics

Prof. Peltz-Steele received his law degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s in journalism and Spanish from Washington & Lee University. Peltz-Steele has won awards in teaching, research, and public service. He practiced commercial law in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and taught law for more than thirteen years before coming to UMass Law in 2011. Prof Pettz-Steele is a renowned academic whose professional and scholarly experience in Media and law spans over two decades and served at University of Arkansas, Catholic University of America, University of Georgia Law School, Athens before taking over the Law school at University of Massachusetts. Peltz-Steele is author or co-author of qualitative and quantitative research articles in law and mass communication journals, as well as book chapters, a treatise in the law and mass communication field, a casebook in tort law, and a casebook in freedom of information law and policy. He is especially active in international media law and policy, having presented papers in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, and having published in international and foreign journals. His current research focuses on comparative access to information law, especially in developing nations. Peltz-Steele serves in various capacities for the American Bar Association, including the legal education committee of the Section of International Law.