Doreen Weisenhaus

Senior Lecturer


Doreen Weisenhaus is a Senior Lecturer with a joint appointment at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law and the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing. Prior to joining Northwestern, she taught media law and ethics at the University of Hong Kong (2000-2017), where she remains an Honorary Associate Professor and Director of the Media Law Project at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre and a Fellow and Board Member at the Centre for Comparative and Public Law. Before HKU, she was City Editor of The New York Times and the first legal editor of The New York Times Magazine before becoming its law and politics editor.  

She was also 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; a prosecutor in New York City; a television news producer in Chicago, and a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal. She holds a JD from Northwestern’s law school and a BS in journalism from Medill.

Her research interests include international press freedom and global trends in media law and policy.  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. She is lead editor and co-author of Media Law and Policy in the Internet Age (Hart Publishing Oxford 2017), that documents and analyzes media law reform trends worldwide. She has contributed to a number of publications, including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies (Legal Safeguards of Journalism, forthcoming) International Encyclopedia of Communication (Communication Law and Policy: Asia) and the International Libel and Privacy Handbook. Since 2014, she has served as a member of the expert panel and working group for Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression Project.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Asian/Global Trends in Media Law and Policy
  • Press Freedom
  • Media Law and Ethics

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  • BS, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law

Prior Appointments

  • Associate Professor and Director, Media Law Project, The University of Hong Kong
  • City Editor, The New York Times
  • Law and Politics Editor, The New York Times Magazine
  • Editor-in-Chief, The National Law Journal
  • News producer, WBBM-TV (CBS)
  • Assistant District Attorney, Kings County, Brooklyn NY
  • Reporter, The Milwaukee Journal

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