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Month: June 2023 (Page 1 of 2)

SLAPPS and the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: ill thought out amendments risk increased costs and injustice

On 27 June 2023 a remarkable and little debated Government amendment to the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill was approved by the House of Lords without a division.  It introduces wide ranging and unclear changes relating to what have become known as “strategic litigation against public participation” (“SLAPPs”) addressed to the law of defamation.  The amendment had been published only the week before and was not the subject of any consultation, white paper or select committee report. Continue reading

Case Summary, Strasbourg: Sanchez v France, Grand Chamber confirms decision that criminal conviction for hate speech does not violate Article 10 – Dirk Voorhoof

On 15 May 2023 in the case of Sanchez v France, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) confirmed its earlier Chamber judgment of 2 September 2021 (see Inforrm post here). The ECtHR found that the criminal conviction of a politician for failing to promptly delete hate speech, that was posted by others, from his public Facebook account, did not violate Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Continue reading

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