LAW OF DEFAMATION
This course will delve into an advanced understanding of the Law of Defamation, a crucial aspect of civil law, which concerns the protection of a person’s reputation from false and unjustified infringement. Throughout the course, students will explore in-depth the historical development, elements, types, defenses, and effects of defamation laws within various jurisdictions, including comparative and international perspectives. The course also aims to contextualize the study of defamation law within wider societal and technological contexts, including the evolution of social media, its implications for freedom of speech, and the advent of cyber defamation.
Understand and critically evaluate the fundamentals of defamation law, its historical roots, and its application in various jurisdictions.
Develop an understanding of the distinction between slander and libel, their legal implications, and the defenses available.
Understand the balance between the right to freedom of speech and the right to a reputation in a diverse set of contexts.
Analyze the impact of the internet and social media on defamation laws, including the concept and consequences of cyber defamation.