Thursday, 19 March 2009

Is Times offset by Jameel?

The recent (March 2009) Times libel case before the ECHR may be offset by the reform of libel law in the Jameel case (2005) before the English Court of Appeal, in which the Chancellor of Essex University Lord Phillips gave judgment.

ECHR fails to prevent permanent liability for UK libel

This decision which effectively removes Internet archives from UK jurisdiction inspired Jack Straw to launch a consultation on Internet libel (partly in response to a Private Eye campaign and US Congressional condemnation of UK Libel law). More academic comment here.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Human rights and the Internet

Excellent overview and analysis of European human rights law and the Internet - and a proposal for a Bill of Rights in the EU - written by Prof. Steve Peers from the law Dept for the European Parliament.