“Is there a right to reputation?” Part 1 – Heather Rogers QC

26 10 2010

This is the first part of a paper delivered at the JUSTICE/Sweet and Maxwell Human Rights conference on 20 October 2010.  The second, concluding part, will be posted later in the week.

In dealing with the question “Is there a right to reputation?” it is appropriate to start with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, promulgated by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1948. That gives a clear “yes” since Article 12 provides that  “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks”. Read the rest of this entry »