In a thoughtful speech entitled “Freedom of Expression and the Role of a Supreme Court” Dame Mary Arden considered a number of freedom of expression cases which had come before Supreme Courts around the world. She posed the question as to whether Supreme courts should lead the development of the law in this area or leave sensitive matters to democratically elected politicians. Continue reading
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