Law, Justice and Journalism

Posts Tagged ‘alastair mullis’

QMUL / City debate: ‘This house believes that the English libel laws are unfit for purpose in the 21st Century’

In Events, Journalism, Law on May 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

By Judith Townend

Legal speakers at a libel reform debate at Queen Mary, University of London, were presented with this motion on Wednesday night: “This house believes that the English libel laws are unfit for purpose in the 21st Century.” Despite the groundswell of support for the Libel Reform campaign – the impetus for the government’s and Lord Lester’s respective defamation bills – the four respondents all wished to speak against the motion.

As Professor Lorna Woods, City Law School, said in her introduction, the case for libel reform has been “very strongly and vociferously put” by the press; now was a chance to hear another side of the story.

Following a speedy history of English libel law from Gavin Sutter, lecturer in media law at Queen Mary, Jonathan Coad, partner at Lewis Silkin, Mark Lewis, solicitor advocate at Taylor Hampton; Professor Alastair Mullis, University of East Anglia; Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix Chambers, took turns to address what they perceived as the main issues.

The event, the first of a series of media law seminars, was hosted by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and the City Law School at City University London.

Mullis and Scott propose two stream libel regime

In Events, Journalism, Law on November 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

By Judith Townend

This post was cross-posted on the Inforrm Blog.

A two stream libel regime with most cases heard in the County Court or a tribunal, would reduce complexity and costs, argue Professor Alastair Mullis, from the University of East Anglia (left), and Dr Andrew Scott from the London School of Economics (below, right).

In a new academic paper, first presented at the Reframing Libel symposium at City University London last Thursday, the pair propose the overwhelming majority of English libel cases should be considered by the County Court, the Tribunals Service, or “an appropriate media (self-)regulatory body”.

Read the rest of this entry »