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Day: 7 February 2010

Lord Hoffmann and Libel Tourism

Former Law Lord Lord Hoffmann has delivered a strong defence of the current state of English libel law insofar as it relates to “foreigners” in his Dame Ann Ebsworth Memorial Lecture at Inner Temple Hall. His lecture can be found here.

Lord Hoffmann argued that English libel law does not unduly encourage libel tourism and that the well-publicised complaints in this regard stem from an American tendency “to believe that their way is the only way” and the self-interest of the British press. Continue reading

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