Archive for France

Ban on Israel-Palestine debate ignites free speech row at French university

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“More than 150 of the world’s foremost academics have intervened in a simmering row over the banning of debates on the Israel-Palestine question at one of France’s universities, calling the move a threat to free speech …” (more)

[Kim Willsher, Guardian, 21 March]

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L’Affaire Weiler – A Brief Legal Assessment of the French Court’s Judgment

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“According to Article 11 of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 16 August 1789, the right to free expression of ideas and opinion is one of the most precious human rights …” (more)

[Laurent Pech, EJIL: Talk!, 21 March]

A Century of Rankings: Plus Ça Change

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“… But it’s hard to view the Mines ParisTech effort as anything but cynical. Yes, other global rankings have many shortcomings; there’s absolutely a case to be made that they don’t do justice to the strengths of certain French institutions, among others. Still, I don’t buy Mines ParisTech’s argument that it is simply engaging in the business-world equivalent of the academic honor-counting undertaken by the Shanghai rankers …” (more)

[Ben Wildavsky, Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 March]

Academic Freedom Triumphs, Weiler Wins in French Court

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“The attempted prosecution of Professor Joe Weiler by a disgruntled academic unhappy with a harsh book review has been dismissed by a French Court …” (more)

[William A Schabas, PhD studies in Human Rights, 5 March]

In the Dock, in Paris – The Judgment

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“On March 3, 2011, the Tribunal de Grand Instance de Paris issued its decision in the Criminal Libel Case brought against me based on a complaint by Dr Karine Calvo-Goller. It would appear that the Court ruled in our favor on all issues …” (more)

[EJIL: Talk!, 4 March]

Journal Editor Wins Libel Case Over Negative Book Review

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“A journal editor who was sued in France for criminal libel because of a negative book review has won his case, he told The Chronicle today. Joseph HH Weiler, a professor of law at New York University, said that a French court had ruled against the complaint …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 March]

From a Book Review to a Criminal Trial in France

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 22 February 2011 by Steve

“In a little more than a week, a court in Paris will decide whether a law professor in New York committed criminal libel by publishing a book review …” (more)

[Adam Liptak, New York Times, 21 February]