Publication and correction of judgments: official and unofficial sources – Paul Magrath

7 05 2020

Who is responsible for publishing the official approved version of judgments of the courts? Where should we look to find the latest, in some cases corrected, version of a court judgment? These are not new questions, but the sudden swerve to virtual justice has thrown them into new focus. Read the rest of this entry »





Has the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the marketplace of ideas as a failed experiment? – Eliza Bechtold

6 05 2020

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic in the US has placed a spotlight not only on the fragility of the American economy and the perils of yawning income and social inequality, but also on the dangers flowing from the crisis of truth infecting US politics and American culture more broadly. Read the rest of this entry »





Acontextual and Ineffective? Reviewing the GDPR Two Years On – David Erdos

5 05 2020

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679’s attempt to craft a common human rights approach to especially digitized natural person information and from that enable the free flow of such information across Europe is deeply admirable. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 4 May 2020

4 05 2020

On 1 May 2020 Warby J remotely handed down the judgement in Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers [2020] EWHC 1058 (Ch), striking out three parts of the particulars of claim alleging that the publisher had acted “dishonestly” by leaving out certain passages of the letter, that the publisher deliberately “stirred up” issues between Meghan and her father, and that it had an “agenda” of publishing intrusive or offensive stories about her. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law v Ukraine, Refusal to give access to ‘confidential’ information about politicians violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

3 05 2020

On 26 March 2020, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously found that a refusal by the Ukrainian authorities to give a non-governmental organisation (NGO) access to information about the education and work history of top politicians as contained in their official CVs, filed as candidates for Parliament, violated the NGO’s right of access to public documents under Article 10 ECHR. Read the rest of this entry »





Coronavirus contact tracing apps: a proportionate response? – Robin Mansell

2 05 2020

It seems likely that a decision will be taken soon in the UK to use a smartphone (Bluetooth) based contact tracing app to help stem the COVID-19 pandemic, with a trial reported on 22 April. Used with other measures including scaled-up testing for infection, physical distancing and self-isolation, this is expected to help save lives. Read the rest of this entry »





Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

1 05 2020

Columbia Global Freedom of Expression seeks to contribute to the development of an integrated and progressive jurisprudence and understanding on freedom of expression and information around the world.  It maintains an extensive database of international case law. This is its newsletter dealing with recent developments  in the field. Read the rest of this entry »





The Government is giving away your money to the Mail and the Sun – Brian Cathcart

30 04 2020

The whole affair could hardly be more sleazy and murky, but the truth is now clear: the Government is giving tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to the corporate press, including the Daily Mail and the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »





Monthly International Law Round Up – Suneet Sharma

29 04 2020

This is the fifth instalment in a regular new series from Inforrm highlighting press and case reports of new media and information cases from around the world.  It is intended to complement our United States: Monthly Round Up posts.  Please let us know if there are other cases and jurisdictions which we should be covering. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: BVG v LAR, Summary judgment in privacy and harassment case – Mathilde Groppo and Persephone Bridgman-Baker

28 04 2020

On 21 April 2020, Nicol J granted summary judgment in a matter involving the online publication of covert recordings of intimate footage featuring both parties to the proceedings (BVG v LAR [2020] EWHC 931 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »