On 11 January 2011, Inforrm, in conjunction with Gray’s Inn and the Media Standards Trust, will be stage a panel discussion with the title “Libel Reform: In the Public’s Interest?“. The purpose of the discussion is to consider the implications of the current proposals for libel reform for the general public with panellists bringing a wide range of different expertise and experience to the issues.
Over the past year there has been considerable public and political discussion about libel reform. This has concentrated on claims that libel law is too “claimant friendly” and has an unacceptable ‘chilling effect’ on publishers of all sizes. There has been much less discussion about the positive and negative effects reform of libel law might have for the general public .
The discussion will cover issues such as
- What will be the effect of libel reform on standards in journalism
- What can be done to produce faster and fairer resolution of libel claims
- Should reform aim to provide affordable remedies to members of the public who have been damaged by the publication of false statements?
- Should people have better opportunities to resolve their libel claims through alternative dispute resolution rather than having to take all claims to the High Court?
- Should non-commercial publishers such as bloggers and NGOs have special defences to libel claims ?
- Should the Courts be able to order the publications of corrections or apologies or be able to grant declarations of falsity in libel cases?
- Should libel reform be accompanied by regulatory reform to give, for example, regulators power to award compensation to those damaged by the publication of false stories?
These are the details of the event:
In the Public’s Interest?”
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Head of the BBC College of Journalism and former editor of
the Today programme
Award winning writer and blogger ‘Abby Lee’
(‘Girl with a One Track Mind’)
Sir Charles Gray
Former High Court Judge. Arbitrator
Managing Partner of Simons Muirhead & Burton
Tuesday 11 January 2011
followed by Q&A and a drinks reception
Accredited with 2 CPD points
£10 Gray’s Inn students and NP barristers*
£15 all others
Pre-registration and payment is required.
Post cheque, payable to Gray’s Inn, and a registration form to Education Dept, Gray’s Inn,
8 South Square, London
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Tickets will be allocated on first come first served basis.
Seats can only be guaranteed to those who make a payment prior to the lecture.
* up to 3 yrs call