14b. Video intro to international media law

And an introduction to the Price Moot Court competition in international law.

In this discussion, Price mentions the Oxford program data. This can be accessed here: http://pcmlp.socleg.ox.ac.uk/research/archived

A good overview of law for journalists in the UK is found here:

University of Winchester (UK) review of media law. Among the most important points are: Libel, contempt of court, privacy and confidentiality. Other points include trespass, copyright, official secrets act, some of the regulatory standards. In the UK, like most other countries, most media law is spelled out in statutory law by Parliament. In the US, the final authority for most media law content issues is the US Supreme Court.

An overview of UK defamation law is here: http://www.seqlegal.com/blog/10-things-you-should-know-about-libel One very important difference between US and UK libel is found in point 5 of this overview. In the UK, a “justification” defense means that the defendant* (the media) has to prove the truth of the original published allegation. In the US, it’s the other way around. The plaintiff has to prove that the original published allegation is false. This “burden of proof” is an important reason why plaintiffs prefer to sue in the UK rather than the US.