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Political Libels: A Comparative Study

ISBN13: 9781841131153
ISBN: 1841131156
Published: June 2000
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00

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This study of the phenomenon of political libels looks behind the headlines and examines the political and legal problems which surround this little understood but controversial area of English law.

In this work, the author surveys the ancient and modern history of the political libel laws, and argues that the English law of libel has in the main been too jealous of defending the reputations of politicians and insufficiently alert to the legitimate interest of the public.

A strong case is made for reforming the law substantially, a case which rests both on the experience of other countries (notably the USA), and also on a re-examination of a handful of English cases dating from the mid to late 19th century, whose significance has been downplayed by lawyers in subsequent years.

Tort Law
1. Introduction
2. The Common Law and Political Libels in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Britain
3. American Perspectives on Political Libels in the Early Democratic Era
4. The English Common Law in the Early Years of the Modern Democratic Era
5. Sullivan v. The New York Times
6. The Sullivan Principle in 'English' Law
7. English Law - the First Phase of Reform
8. Sullivan v. The New York Times in Australia
9. English Law - the Second Phase of Reform?
10. Conclusion