English Libel Law – Alastair Mullis

23 06 2010

This is the presentation given by Professor Alastair Mullis to the Westminster Policy Forum “Libel & privacy law ‐ challenges for reform” on 15 June 2010It is reproduced with permission and thanks.

The English law of defamation has been the subject of considerable attention, much of it highly critical, over the last couple of years. It has been said that its archaic rules chill free speech generally and academic debate in particular. Our law has been characterised as being out of line with the rest of the world in terms of free speech. London has apparently become the libel capital of the world with droves of libel tourists, or as the Americans would have it ‘libel terrorists’, lining up to sue those who publish books and articles that make an important contribution to public debate. Read the rest of this entry »





Revisited and Updated: Strasbourg on Privacy and Reputation Part 3: “A balance between reputation and expression?”

23 06 2010

In this feature we revisit some older posts which are still of current interest. In the final part of this three part series, first posted in March 2010, Hugh Tomlinson QC looks at the balancing of reputation and expression in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the implications for domestic law. Part One of the post is here and Part Two is here.

As discussed in the first two parts of this post the case law of the European Convention on Human Rights establishes that the State has a positive Read the rest of this entry »