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]

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]

How NOT to write a libel threat

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“Here’s a libel threat sent to the editor of the University Times, before it published a story about the assault, euro burning and swastika daubing that happened in Les Deux Alpes. As threats go, it’s not very good …” (more)

[Paul Quigley, Newswhip, 25 January]

University Times in libel row

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 25 October 2010 by Steve

The University Times Editor Tom Lowe was forced to issue a full apology following the publication of his Trinity Top Twenty supplement. The Trinity Twenty ranks various student figures in the College community in terms of perceived spending power, influence and prestige …” (more)

[Caitriona Murphy and Aoife Crowley, Trinity News, 22 October]

Historian Orlando Figes agrees to pay damages for fake reviews

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“… The award-winning Figes, professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London, admitted in April to posting critical reviews of books by a number of authors, including fellow historians Rachel Polonsky and Robert Service, praising his own work and rubbishing that of his rivals …” (more)

[Alexandra Topping, Guardian, 16 July]

Does science really still have a problem with libel?

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“Are there really still problems being caused for scientists and science writers by the English law of libel? On the face of it, that seems an odd question to be asked on this of all blogs. But it is an entirely serious question, and it is not one which is intended to be unduly provocative …” (more)

[Jack of Kent, 19 June]

Current libel laws mean scientists ‘risk everything’

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“Libel law in the UK and Ireland came under the spotlight last night at a talk in Trinity College Dublin’s Science Gallery, where Guardian journalist Simon Singh spoke about his experience with the UK court system as he successfully defended himself in a libel battle with the British Chiropractic Association …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Silicon Republic, 28 May]

No action against college staff in email libel case

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has insisted there will be no disciplinary action taken against two senior academics who circulated defamatory comments about a lecturer …” (more)

[Brian McDonald, Independent, 18 May]

E-mail libel case taken by lecturer settled with apology and damages

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 15 May 2010 by Steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has not said whether it will take disciplinary action against two staff members over defamatory e-mails that have resulted in a High Court apology and damages. GMIT said yesterday the matter had been resolved and a settlement recorded …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 15 May]

GMIT email libel case is settled

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“A libel action by a Galway college lecturer against two colleagues who circulated defamatory emails about him has been settled before the High Court …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 14 May]

Message from Simon Singh: A big step for me, a small step for libel reform, and what you can do to help

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 7 April 2010 by Steve

“Dear friends, With apologies for cross posting, Sorry for the silence, but it has been a ridiculously hectic (and happy) time since last week’s victory at the Court of Appeal. However, I urgently wanted to get in touch to update you on the status of my case, the latest news on libel reform and what you can do today to push libel reform up the political agenda …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 7 April]

Now here is a great piece of news: Simon Singh’s appeal successful

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 1 April 2010 by Steve

“This is great news. Truly important for science that robust debate and analytic, evidence-based peer-review be allowed as part of public discourse …” (more, links)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 1 April]

Salford threatens student with writ

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 March 2010 by Steve

“Lawyers acting for the University of Salford have threatened to sue one of its students for libel in connection with a website that criticises the university’s senior management team. The student, Damien Shannon, who recently stood for election as president of the students’ union, has denied responsibility for the site, which the university’s solicitors say is ‘an example of defamation in its most cowardly form’ …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 18 March]

Academic Freedom and Criminal Libel

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 15 March 2010 by Steve

“An issue which is setting the blogosphere alight (here, here, here, here and here) is the attempt by Dr. Karin Calvo-Goller, to bring an action for criminal libel against the irrepressibly excellent Prof. J.H.H. Weiler for a review of Dr. Clavo-Goller’s textbook, The Trial Proceedings of the International Criminal Court. …” (more)

[Liam Thornton, Human Rights in Ireland, 15 March]

Libel laws silenced me, says Francisco Lacerda critic of lie detector system

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 11 March 2010 by Steve

“England’s libel laws will come under fresh pressure today as a researcher tells MPs that they have been used to silence his criticism of lie detection technology on which the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has spent £2.4 million. An academic from Sweden claims that a paper challenging the principles behind the voice risk analysis (VRA) system was withdrawn by his publisher after legal threats from its manufacturer …” (more)

[Mark Henderson, Times, 11 March]