Advanced Diploma in Media and Social Media Law

Page last updated: Friday, April 12, 2024

Please note, this course will not be delivered in 2023, however it is due to be offered again in 2024. 


The law governing media and social media encompasses several different areas, from defamation and privacy to criminal and intellectual property laws. The legal principles underpinning the use of various forms of media have practical consequences in many professions; journalism, blogging, and political communications through to marketing, advertising, and in many other areas of business and civil society. The practical application of the law in these different industries requires balancing rights and interests that will be explored through the delivery of this course, from protecting the rights to privacy and a good name to recognise the importance of ensuring freedom of expression in a democratic society.

The law in this area evolves alongside the developments in technology that occur on an almost daily basis. This Media and Social Media Law course will seek to provide participants with insights in respect of relevant legal principles and provide them with opportunities to hear from leading experts and individuals with vast experience in applying those principles in their engagement with media and social media in practice.


The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of media law in Ireland in addition to addressing emerging issues in this area.

On completion of the Diploma, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the main elements of media and social media law;
  2. Critically assess how the law regulates the media environment;
  3. Understand the obligations and rights of media and social media practitioners;
  4. Evaluate emerging developments in media law and in particular, social media law;
  5. Critically analyse and apply constitutional provisions, statutory provisions and the principles in case law;
  6. Conduct research into areas of media law;
  7. Engage in critical thinking and legal analysis.


This course is suitable for professionals working in social media, digital marketing, communications and public relations. People working as writers, journalists, bloggers, in–house counsel, those working in the newspaper and broadcasting industries, data protection lawyers and lawyers working in the public and private sector together with anyone in the entertainment or media industries.

Having a diverse group of professionals studying this course together allows participants to learn from each other, especially during tutorials and Q&A sessions.

“This course is excellent for anyone in the marketing field. It provides vital and valid information relation to publishing content. Lecturers are of very strong calibre. An excellent diploma to be associated with.”

2022 Graduate 


The designer and lead lecturer of the course is barrister Lewis Mooney BL.

Lewis specialises in media law and social media law, encompassing areas such as defamation, privacy and contempt. He provides pre–publication advice to a number of national newspaper publications.


The course will not be delivered in 2023, however it is due to be offered again in 2024.

This course takes place in an online format only, live via Zoom, with recordings of lectures available after class is over. Interactive elements such as class discussions / tutorials will not be recorded and will be cast live only.

The course takes place over approx. 16 weeks from October to April, with lectures on Tuesdays from 8.30 am to 10 am.

Course Start Date: The provisional start date is 2024. Date to be confirmed.

Classes are recorded using eLearning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). This means that, while all students are welcome to attend class live via Zoom, most of the sessions will be recorded so that students who are unable to attend can catch up on the material by streaming the video in their own time.

All class notes are available to read through our Virtual Learning Environment. Online tutorials and IT support are available to help students navigate their way through our library and legal resource databases.

King’s Inns is built on networking and engagement. Over the year, we invite students to attend and participate in various social events, fireside chats and talks. Events take place either online or in–person. All of this contributes to the learning experience that is King’s Inns.

Course Content

  • Course overview and introduction (live session, not recorded)
  • Introduction to media and social media law
  • Freedom of expression under the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) 
  • Defamation – Part I, II + III
  • Privacy, online publications and remedies available
  • Contempt of court
  • The media and the courts
  • Censorship
  • Public order and morality
  • Online publication
  • Social media and the law
  • Data protection and the media 
  • Regulation of the press
  • Broadcast regulation
  • A view from the Bench – judicial speaker (live session, not recorded)

Please note the course content is subject to change in accordance with new developments in this area. 

Previous Speakers

  • Dearbhail McDonald, Freelance Journalist, Author and Broadcaster
  • Paula Mullooly, Director of Legal Affairs, RTE
  • Peter Feeney, Former Press Ombudsman
  • Síne Creamer BL, Senior Legal Counsel and Lead Counsel EMEA at Twitter Safety, Content and Law Enforcement
  • Declan Doyle SC 
  • Eoin McCullough SC
  • Dr Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin
  • Hugh I Mohan SC 
  • Joe O’Malley, Partner, Hayes Solicitors
  • John O’Dowd, UCD
  • Karyn Harty, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald
  • Mark O’Shaughnessy, Partner, ByrneWallace
  • Professor Neville Cox, TCD
  • Shane Murphy SC
  • Simon McAleese, Simon McAleese Solicitors


This is a professional development course and it is accredited independently by The Honorable Society of King’s Inns. The skills and competence gained in studying at King’s Inns are transferable, portable and recognised internationally. It is a valuable qualification delivered by distinguished lawyers, members of the judiciary, legal and other practitioners specialising in legal education.

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant is required to successfully complete one assessment.


  • Course fee: €2,550. 
  • You should view the fee structure, payment terms, and other charges here >  

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. You must receive your discount code before applying. View more information here >


There are no admission requirements for this course. A place on the highly sought–after course is not secured until the tuition fee is received in full. Once payment is received, you are automatically accepted on the course.


Application Deadline: 

  • In order to verify your personal details, you must first create an account on the Application Portal through the ‘register and apply here’ button below. Once you verify your email address in the Portal, you can then proceed with your application. 
  • The application process is very short and your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full. Once payment is received, you are automatically accepted on the course.
  • Payment can be made through the Application Portal using your credit or debit card (please make sure your bank allows you to process the full payment in one go), or 
  • If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a valid PO number in advance of making the application, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. 
  • The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. The participant will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the Application Portal. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their employer has paid in full within the timeframe required in order to secure a place. King’s Inns cannot contact your employer for payment, we can only liaise with the applicant.
  • An automated payment receipt will be generated confirming your place on the course.
  • Subscribing members: You must apply your discount code upon application. It cannot be applied after the application is made. 

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Media and Social Media Law Graduate 2022

“The social media and media law course is an excellent online course incorporating the most up–to–date law and practice in areas covered by lecturers. All the lecturers are experts in their fields with a genuine interest in sharing their knowledge with students through a very accessible and interactive learning experience.”

Class of 2021–2022

Media and Social Media Law Graduate 2022

“This is a very enjoyable and worthwhile course for those who need to know more about how the law affects and governs traditional media and newer platforms such as social media. The lectures are excellent and there are a lot of very good, detailed reading materials available.”

Class of 2021–2022