This year all groups were asked to prepare and deliver a presentation on a question relating to Defamation. These were filmed, and links to the presentations are displayed below.
Those presentations that were considered the strongest are highlighted in bold.
Does English defamation law provide sufficient protection to freedom of the press? If not, how should it be modified? Does the US rule in NY Times v Sullivan go too far, or should it be adopted here?
To what extent does English defamation law impose liability without fault? Should it be reformed to require a showing of fault? Does it make sense to have stricter liability for defamation than for personal injury?
Are the proposals in the defamation bill sound? Do they go far enough?
Has English law adopted a tort of privacy in all but name? Should it go further than it has?
Suppose the News of the World carried the following story:
Mrs Rita Kyte, wife of world-famous acrobat Jasper Kyte, is suing her husband for divorce citing two women as co-respondents. The first is a well-known historian of circuses who has been researching into the history of Big Tops and was seen with Mr Kyte both during and outside working hours in the past two months. The other is Eleanor Rigby, a 38 year old spinster from Neasden with a passion for fairs and circuses.
Annabelle Lee, famed for studies of popular entertainment, sues for libel. She says she did do research on big tops and was seen in the company of many circus employees, including Kyte, but here was never any affair between them. So does Eleanor Rigby, who alleges that she is only a good friend. Finally, another woman named Eleanor Rigby, who has never met Kyte but claims that friends thought she was the person referred to in the story, also sues.
Advise the News of the World.