Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

O! they have lived long on the alms-basket of words: enhancing efficacy and reducing cost by limiting the role of law and lawyers in defamation disputes

Scott, Andrew (2019) O! they have lived long on the alms-basket of words: enhancing efficacy and reducing cost by limiting the role of law and lawyers in defamation disputes. Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 56 (1). pp. 80-111. ISSN 0030-6185

[img] Text (_O! they have lived long on the alms-basket of words__ Enhancing) - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (2MB)

Abstract

To triangulate the individual and social interests in reputation and free speech, the common law has generated an unwieldy corpus of technical rules and counterfactual assumptions. This complexity entails enormous cost and opportunities for game-playing by astute, well-resourced litigants. Neither reputation nor free speech is well-served by reform initiatives that focus mainly on amending the substantive law. This paper offers a critical assessment of a proposal that might better address complexity and cost. This comprises the inextricable combination of two initiatives: repeal of the ‘single meaning rule’ which promises to simplify the court’s task, but instead generates complexity in defiance of common sense; and a bar to claims should a publisher correct unintended meanings promptly and prominently. This combination would eliminate the ‘semantic’ dimension of claims; deliver adequate redress for many publication harms; see only intractable disputes reach the court; and leave defamation law more comprehensible to the wider public.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/ohlj/
Additional Information: © 2019 York University
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2019 16:20
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91813

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics