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Day: 10 April 2010

Law and Media – News and Events, 10 April 2010

In this  regular feature we draw attention to the last week’s law and media news and next week’s upcoming events. If readers have any news or events which they would like to draw attention to please add them by way of comments on this post.  We are particularly interested in forthcoming events which readers are interested in publicising.


Lord Neuberger, the Master of the Rolls has set up a committee to examine the issues around the use of injunctions which bind the press and so-called ‘super-injunctions’. The announcement is here.  In contrast to the Libel Working Group the group is a balanced one with two claimant lawyers, two defendant lawyers, three judges and the former Chairman of the Bar.   We welcome further inquiry in this area.  Perhaps it will be the prelude to the collection of full statistics on media cases before the courts.  The committee is discussed on MediaPal@LSE Blog. Continue reading

Sir John Dyson, Freedom of Expression and Media Law

Sir John Dyson has recently been appointed as the twelfth justice of the United Kingdom Supreme Court.  When such appointments are made in the United States the judicial record of the appointee is subject to minute analysis over many months.  However, the appointment of Sir John Dyson has attracted very little media coverage in the United Kingdom.  There have been articles in the Times, the Lawyer and the Jewish Chronicle along with a profile on the UK Supreme Court Blog but no interviews, profiles or analyses of his decisions.  The contrast with the US Supreme Court is startling – on the day that Justice Stevens retirement was announced there are already hundreds of articles about the possible replacements. Continue reading

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