The Institutional Design of the Facebook Oversight Board – A Model for the Future?

In my paper, I will consider the institutional design of the Facebook Oversight Board which is mandated to “protect free expression by making principled, independent decisions about important pieces of content and by issuing policy advisory opinions on Facebook’s content policies.” I will compare and contrast the design with other human rights adjudicative mechanisms created at the international level. The objective of my paper is to consider whether the FOB provides for a forum that is institutionally strong, for it is likely to become the blueprint for other mechanisms of digital adjudication.