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Eady listening

By Steven | January 28, 2008

So, the law of privacy is largely settled now, David Eady was telling me on Friday.

(Heads-up: this is a brazen name-drop, and you are supposed to be suitably impressed by it. David Eady is Justice Eady, the British High Court judge who hears most of the media law cases. He’s also co-author  – with Victoria law school’s esteemed Dean, Tony Smith – of the leading text on contempt of Court.)

Justice Eady has been at the centre of several seismic shifts in media law over the past decade, including the rapid creation of an action for infringement of privacy (under the guise of breach of confidence), and the development of what’s effectively a public interest defence to defamation. The catalyst for change has largely been the passage of the Human Rights Act, which shifts the Eurpean Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms into centre stage in British law. The Convention expressly protects privacy; our Bill of Rights Act doesn’t. But developments in British law, and especially the role of free speech, are still sure to be influential over here. So his take on the trends is fascinating. Here are some highlights:

Topics: Injunctions, Privacy tort | 1 Comment »

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