Defamation Law in Australia: arcane, technical and in need of fundamental reform – David Rolph

1 12 2015

RolphDefamation law has a reputation for being the most arcane area of private law. Its reputation is deserved. Described as the ‘Galapagos Islands Division of the law of torts’ by New South Wales Court of Appeal judge, Justice David Ipp, defamation law can be forbidding for lawyers and judges alike. With the introduction of national, uniform defamation laws, the sense of confusion inherent in defamation law may now apply more generally, rather than show any simplification or improvement. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 30 November 2015

30 11 2015

weeklynews1On Wednesday 25 November 2015, Warby J handed down judgment after the first media defamation trial of this legal year, Yeo v Times Newspapers ([2015] EWHC 3375 (QB)).  The claim was dismissed.  This was a comprehensive and devastating defeat for former Tory MP Tim Yeo whose evidence was described by the judge as “unreliable and untruthful”. Read the rest of this entry »

Freedom of UK media to publish pictures of children curtailed after landmark ruling – Robin Callender-Smith

29 11 2015

Paul Weller performs on the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez - RTX1I5QE

Pictures of bonny Prince George may well become a lot less common following a landmark ruling. Media pictures of the children of celebrities are now clearly off limits – unless their parents consent to publication. The Court of Appeal has confirmed a High Court decision last year giving three of Paul Weller’s children total of £10,000 damages for breaching their right to privacy. This will have far-reaching adverse effects on the freedom of the UK media. Read the rest of this entry »

US Round Up: First Amendment and Media Law in the Courts, the Senate and on Campuses – Joseph Williams

29 11 2015

usa_mapThe major Supreme Court media law case heard in the October Term 2014 was Elonis v United States. The judgment [pdf] was handed down on 1 June 2015, and reversed and remanded the Third Circuit. The case is the first which the Supreme Court has heard on the question of speech on social media. Read the rest of this entry »

The Media’s Attack on Corbyn: Research Shows Barrage of Negative Coverage – Media Reform Coalition

28 11 2015

corbyn_coverage-360x222New research by the Media Reform Coalition shows how large sections of the press appeared to set out systematically to undermine Jeremy Corbyn in his first week as Labour Leader with a barrage of overwhelmingly negative coverage. Read the rest of this entry »

Paddling in the backwater: Australian courts and online defamation – Dr Matt Collins QC

27 11 2015

gazetteWhen, in 1932, a Full Court of the Victorian Supreme Court considered, for the first time, how the rules of defamation law might apply to that new-fangled technology, the radio, one of the judges bemoaned that: Read the rest of this entry »

Court of Protection hearings to be held in public – Lucy Series

26 11 2015

Court of ProtectionThe Court of Protection (“CoP”) has just announced its first pilot project:  on transparency. The pilot project will reverse the presumption in the Court of Protection Rules 2007 that hearings are heard in private. Read the rest of this entry »


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