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The Interaction of Remedies for Defamation and Privacy

Precedent, Vol. 108, pp. 14-17, 2012

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/14

6 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2012  

David Rolph

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: March 6, 2012

Abstract

There has been renewed interest in the introduction of a direct, comprehensive right to privacy in Australian law, with three law reform commissions recommending the enactment of a statutory cause of action for invasion of privacy. A comparatively neglected aspect of the proposed reforms is the interrelationship between defamation and privacy. The introduction of an enforceable right to privacy has the potential to subvert well-established principles of defamation law. This article examines in particular the availability of damages and interlocutory injunctions for defamation and privacy. It argues that damages for privacy should be capped but at a higher level than the cap on damages for defamation, reflecting the respective value Australian law should ascribe to the interests underlying these causes of action. It further argues that an interlocutory injunction should not be more readily available for invasion of privacy than for defamation.

Keywords: privacy, defamation, media law, Australia, remedies, damages, injunctions, law reform

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Rolph, David, The Interaction of Remedies for Defamation and Privacy (March 6, 2012). Precedent, Vol. 108, pp. 14-17, 2012; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2017292

David Rolph (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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