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A Note on the Defamation Bill, Part 2 – Alastair Mullis and Andrew Scott

This is the second and concluding part of a Note on the Defamation Bill. The first part was published on Inforrm on 20 June 2012.

Clause 6: Privilege for Peer-reviewed Academic or Scientific Publication

We have serious reservations about clause 6 of the Bill which provides a form of qualified privilege to statements published in scientific or academic journals that have been subject to a peer review process. Continue reading

We are two academic lawyers who specialise in the area of libel and media law more broadly. We have been much engaged in the policy debate on libel reform, and have been critical of the approach reflected in the Defamation Bill and its earlier iterations. Our appreciation of the problems in this area chimes very much more strongly with the general theme surrounding costs, procedure and access to justice for both defendants and claimants that emerged strongly during the Second Reading debate.

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