Archive for libel

A critical book review does not constitute libel

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 6 March 2011 by Steve

“In order to advance their careers, academics are expected to publish books and peer-reviewed articles. When they do so, they in turn hope for reviews and citations, because such recognition of their published output constitutes an endorsement by the wider expert community …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 March]

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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]

Climate Scientist Sues Skeptic for Libel

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , , on 9 February 2011 by Steve

“A prominent Canadian climate scientist is suing a leading climate skeptic for libel, arguing that an article published online in January contained false and malicious claims …” (more)

[John Collins Rudolf, New York Times, 8 February]

In the Dock, in Paris

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 27 January 2011 by Steve

“My entire professional life has been in the law, but nothing had prepared me for this. I have been a tenured faculty member at the finest institutions, most recently Harvard and NYU. I have held visiting appointments from Florence to Singapore, from Melbourne to Jerusalem. I have acted as legal counsel to governments on four continents, handled cases before the highest jurisdictions and arbitrated the most complex disputes among economic ‘super powers’. Last week, for the first time I found myself in the dock …” (more)

[Joseph Weiler,  EJIL: Talk!, 25 January]