Lord Steyn’s Boydell Lecture – Defamation and Privacy

26 05 2010

Lord Steyn gave the 3rd Annual Boydell Lecture on 26 May 2010 in Inner Temple Hall on the topic of “Defamation and Privacy:  Momentum for Substantive and Procedural Change” – (abandoning his announced title of “Litigation Tourism: Defamation and Privacy“).  The lecture focussed on the decision in Reynolds v Times Newspapers ([2001] 2 AC 127) – a case in which he was a member of the Judicial Committee.   In Reynolds he agreed with the rest of the Committee that a new form of “qualified privilege defence” should be available to the media – although he dissented on the facts, favouring a retrial.  In his lecture he was critical of the decision – pointing out that the subsequent decision in Jameel v Wall Street Journal ([2007] 1 AC 359) retained the basic Reynolds approach.  Read the rest of this entry »





“Libel must be rebalanced in the scales of justice” – the proposed Libel Reform Bill [updated]

26 05 2010

The review of the law of libel did not get a mention in the Queen’s Speech but the indefatigable Lib Dem peer Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC is this week presenting a draft private member’s Defamation Bill to the House of Lords with the strong support of the media.  Read the rest of this entry »