Splendid Isolation? Australia as a Destination for 'Libel Tourism'
Australian International Law Journal, Vol. 19, pp. 79-95, 2012
18 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2013
Date Written: July 14, 2013
The phenomenon of ‘libel tourism’ has caused tension between the United States and the United Kingdom. The issue highlights the differences between American and English defamation laws and conflict of laws rules. Both in the United States and the United Kingdom, there has been legislation proposed or enacted to address the real or perceived problem of ‘libel tourism’. This article analyses ‘libel tourism’ and the responses to it in both countries. Given that Australia’s defamation laws and conflict of laws rules are arguably more restrictive than those of the United Kingdom, this article examines the prospect of Australia becoming an attractive destination for ‘libel tourism’.
Keywords: Defamation, Conflict of laws, Libel tourism, United States, United Kingdom, Australia
JEL Classification: K10, K30
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