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The Supreme Court of Canada: internet defamation, choice of law and libel tourism – Antonin I Pribetic

This post is the second of a two-part series of posts on the recent Canadian conflict of laws trilogy in Club Resorts Ltd. v. Van Breda, 2012 SCC  17 (“Van Breda”); Éditions Écosociété Inc. v. Banro Corp., 2012 SCC 18 (“Banro”) and Breeden v. Black, 2012 SCC 19. (“Black”) for Internet defamation, choice of law/forum shopping and libel tourism.  In an earlier post (on the Trial […]

A Canadian Perspective on Libel Tourism – Antonin I. Pribetic

As with most Commonwealth jurisdictions, Canada (except the province of Quebec) has followed the English law of defamation. For this reason alone, Canadian journalists, bloggers and defamation lawyers, should take note of the recent tabling of the U.K. Government’s Draft Defamation Bill, which will undoubtedly have some impact on how Canadian defamation law in the […]

“Libel Tourism” – Some Facts

The report of the Libel Working Group was published last week.  The Group itself was extraordinarily unbalanced, even by the standards of New Labour – its 17 members included 3 in house media lawyers, 4 representatives of groups campaigning for libel reform, 2 editors and a number of defendant solicitors, with just 3 claimant lawyers, […]

Lord Hoffmann and Libel Tourism – Three Comments

An earlier post on this blog dealt with the lecture given by former Law Lord, Lord Hoffmann, on “Libel Tourism”.  He delivered a characteristically trenchant analysis of English libel law as it relates to “foreigners” in his Dame Ann Ebsworth Memorial Lecture on 1 February 2010.  This is the  lecture: Libel Tourism – LordHoffmann speech-01-02-2010. The […]

Lord Hoffmann and Libel Tourism

Former Law Lord Lord Hoffmann has delivered a strong defence of the current state of English libel law insofar as it relates to “foreigners” in his Dame Ann Ebsworth Memorial Lecture at Inner Temple Hall. His lecture can be found here. Lord Hoffmann argued that English libel law does not unduly encourage libel tourism and that […]

It is hardly an exaggeration to suggest that the past two years have seen a media frenzy over the libel tourism debate on both sides of the Atlantic. This relatively recent interest in international libel litigation, focusing on the UK in particular, was brought about by an increasing, but still relatively small, number of American […]

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