Case Law: Economou v de Freitas, Court of Appeal guidance on “public interest” defence – Dominic Garner

5 12 2018

On 21 November the Court of Appeal delivered a major decision on the statutory public interest defence for defamation claims, in the case of Alexander Economou v David de Freitas [2018] EWCA Civ 2591. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: the public interest backwater – David Rolph

5 09 2018

The UK, Canada, and New Zealand have developed a broader qualified privilege public interest defence … Australia lags in this development, although there are special local impediments … Durie v Gardiner in NZ holds there is nothing special about government or political speech that should not be applied to the protection of all speech … Waiting for the proper case in Australia … Professor David Rolph comments. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: The public interest defence and digital communications – Jacob Rowbottom

30 01 2014

DigitalThe Defamation Act 2013 replaces Reynolds privilege with a new defence of ‘publication on matter of public interest’.  On one view, the statutory defence aims to provide a broader protection for expression than was previously found under the common law. Read the rest of this entry »