Law and Media Round Up – 6 April 2020

6 04 2020

The Hilary Legal Term ends this Wednesday 8 April 2020, and the short Easter Term will not begin until Tuesday  21 April 2020. The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court are on “vacation” over this period. Read the rest of this entry »





Litigation during lockdown: UK courts keep calm and carry on – Mathilde Groppo

3 04 2020

When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown on 23 March 2020, the UK effectively aligned its response to the COVID-19 pandemic to that of other European countries. For litigation practitioners, this raised a number of queries relating not only to the effect this would have on their practice as a whole, but also – more pragmatically – to the effect this would have on upcoming hearings and the conduct thereof. Read the rest of this entry »





The COVID-19 Pandemic, the Media and the Law – Call for Submissions

1 04 2020

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. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 30 March 2020

30 03 2020

The first week of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK has had a profound effect on the conduct of all business, including that of the Court.  On 27 March 2020 the government announced that most court and tribunal buildings are closing during the coronavirus pandemic to reduce the risk of court users spreading the infection. Read the rest of this entry »





It’s a bad idea for journalists to censor Trump: instead, they can help the public identify what’s true or false – David Cuillier

28 03 2020

In times of mortal strife, humans crave information more than ever, and it’s journalists’ responsibility to deliver it. But what if that information is inaccurate, or could even kill people? Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 23 March 2020

23 03 2020

The news continues to be dominated by Coronavirus, with the Courts starting to become affected. On 17 March 2020 the Lord Chief Justice announced that no jury trials longer than three days must he be held in England and Wales. The Law Society Gazette had a piece. Read the rest of this entry »





The battle against disinformation is global – Scott Shackelford

21 03 2020

Disinformation-spewing online bots and trolls from halfway around the world are continuing to shape local and national debates by spreading lies online on a massive scale. In 2019, Russia used Facebook to intervene in the internal politics of eight African nations. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Media and Law Round Up – March 2020

19 03 2020

The US Congress is considering passing a Data Protection Bill in a bid to harmonise data protection regimes nationwide. BetaNews considers the implications and developments. There have also been calls for a US data protection agency to be established which a number of commentators have called for following Senator Kirsten Gillbrand’s proposal for such legislation. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 16 March 2020

16 03 2020

This week the media has been dominated by coronavirus (for up to date worldwide statistics, see here).  So far the business of the Courts in England and Wales continues. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 9 March 2020 [Updated2]

9 03 2020

The most high profile media legal story of the week concerned the litigation between Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his sixth wife, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein.  Macfarlane P found, inter alia, that the Sheikh and orchestrated the unlawful abduction of one of his daughters in Cambridge. Read the rest of this entry »