The Media & Arts Law Review is seeking submissions for Special Issue 24(2). The theme of this Special Issue is ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic, the Media and the Law’. The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-generation event. It is already having a significant impact on all aspects of Australian society, including the legal system.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to address how the pandemic is affecting those areas of law within the subject matter of the journal: Communications, Contempt, Copyright, Defamation, Digitisation, Entertainment, Free Speech, Intellectual Property, Journalism, Privacy and Public Interest.
Authors may wish to consider the following issues:
- Open justice in the absence of in-person court attendance—see, for example, the Federal Court’s Practice Note: Special Measures in Response to COVID-19 (SMIN-1) (23 March 2020)
- The use of mobile technology and surveillance to combat the pandemic, and what that means for privacy—see, for example, Snowden’s warning that government surveillance amid COVID-19 could be long lasting
- Media responsibility for controlling ‘fake news’ regarding the virus—see, for example, Clive Palmer’s ad buys pushing a malaria drug
- The respective roles of public and commercial media in disseminating public health information during the crisis
- Social media platforms’ and internet intermediaries’ responsibility for controlling disinformation in relation to the virus
- What COVID-19 means for our dependence on the internet and the future of communications regulation
- Defamation by imputations somehow concerning the virus
Articles on other topics dealing with the intersection of COVID-19, the media and the law are welcome.
About the MALR
The Media & Arts Law Review is a peer-reviewed law journal published by LexisNexis. It is affiliated with the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School, and with UWA Law School.
Articles should be between 4,000 and 15,000 words, including footnotes. Authors are expected to follow the style guidelines of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 4th edition (AGLC). The submission deadline for this Special Issue of the Review is Monday, 4 May 2020. Submissions should be made via the form on the LexisNexis website.