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Political libels : a comparative study

Political libels : a comparative study

Author: Ian Loveland
Publisher: Oxford ; Portland, Or. : Hart Pub., 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This study of the phenomenon of political libels delves behind the headlines and looks at the political and legal problems which surround this little understood but controversial area of English law.

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Genre/Form: Comparative law (form)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Loveland
ISBN: 1841131156 9781841131153 9786610808236 6610808236
OCLC Number: 42954507
Description: xviii, 190 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction The Basics of English libel law --
Criminal libel --
Slander --
Malicious falsehood --
Conclusion --
2. The Common law and political libels in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain: The Stockdale v. Hansard controversy --
Political information --
a narrower perspective --
The English common law in the early democractic era --
An Absolute protection for libellous statements and publications made during debates or proceedings in Parliament --
Conclusion --
3. American perspectives on political libels in the early democractic era: Kansas --
Coleman v. Maclennan --
Illinois --
Pennsylvania --
Iowa --
An Absolute and constitutional protection for libels of government bodies --
Conclusion --
4. The English common law in the early years of the Modern Democractic Era: Braddock v. Bevins --
Trade unions as non-political actors --
A Commonwealth innovation? --
The Defamation Act 1952 --
Against informed consent? --
A Radical reform to the common law? Webb v. Times Publishing Truth (NZ) --
Conclusion --
5. Sullivan v. The New York Times --
The Appeal to the US Supreme Court --
The Judgment --
Extending the doctrine --
Conclusion --
6. The Sullivan principle in English law: On damages --
Political libels in the 1970s and 1980s --
dynamic and static conceptions of the common law --
The Requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights --
Political defamation and article 10 ECHR --
the second wave of cases --
Conclusion --
7. English law --
the first phase of reform: The Identity of the plaintiff --
Derbyshire County Council v. Times Newspapers --
Extending the Derbyshire principle --
political parties --
The Heads of damage and quantum of damages --
Conclusion --
making a mess of libel law reform? --
8. Sullivan v. The New York Times in Australia: Reducing the chilling effect --
A Constitutional obstacle to political libel actions --
From constitutional to common law protection --
Lange v. ABC --
Conclusion --
9. English law --
the second phase of reform?: Further developments before the ECHR --
The Defamation Act 1996 --
Lange in New Zealand; Reynolds v. Times Newspapers --
10. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Ian Loveland.


In this book the author looks at the political and legal problems which surround the little understood but controversial area of Political Libels.  Read more...


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This is a valuable and interesting monograph on an aspect of defamation law which is of great topical interest. Geoffrey Bindman New Law Journal Not only lawyers and journalists but politicians would Read more...

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