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Case Law: Fearn v Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery, A Lost Opportunity for the Protection of Physical Privacy? – Aidan Economou

Last year, the High Court decision in Fearn v Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery ([2019] EWHC 246 (Ch)) bolstered common law privacy protections as Mann J acknowledged that invasions of domestic privacy could support an action in private nuisance. The Court of Appeal has now reversed this development and reasserted that overlooking cannot constitute an actionable nuisance ([2020] EWCA Civ 104). This case brief summarises the two judgments, discusses errors in the appellate decision and suggests that Mann J’s extension should have been retained. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Marina v. Romania, Irony in Court, balancing Articles 8 and 10 – Alberto Godioli

Due to its inherent link with elusiveness and ambiguity, humour makes it particularly difficult to draw a line between lawful and unlawful expression. The task of assessing the harm in a joke is notoriously complicated by strategies such as exaggeration, distortion or irony, which are typical of humorous expression in its various forms (from satire to parody). Continue reading

Case Law: Strasbourg, Four Russian Cases on Internet Blocking, Findings of Violations of Articles 10 and 13

In four Russian cases, Vladimir Kharitonov v. Russia (application no. 10795/14), OOO Flavus and Others v. Russia (application nos 12468/15, 23489/15, and 19074/16), Bulgakov v. Russia (no. 20159/15), and Engels v. Russia (no. 61919/16) the Third Section of the Court of Human Rights held that the blocking of websites in Russia was a breach of Articles 10 and 13. Continue reading

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