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Academic Freedom and Criminal Libel

An issue which is setting the blogosphere alight (here, here, herehere and  here) is the attempt by Dr. Karin Calvo-Goller, to bring an action for criminal libel against the irrepressibly excellent Prof. J.H.H. Weiler for a review of Dr. Clavo-Goller’s textbook  The Trial Proceedings of the International Criminal Court.

The full facts, from Prof. Weiler’s perspective, of this sorry situation can be found in this month’s editorial of the European Journal of International Law.

Whether the matter will progress  further will be of enormous interest to all those who believe in academic freedom and expressing opinions and/or critiques of legal (and non-legal) works.  HRinI will continue to keep an eye on developments in this case.

  1. Vicky Conway
    March 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for posting this Liam. A very worrying case indeed and an unpleasant development that the case has even got that far.

    On a what was she thinking note, would you not think that if you got a bad review you would want as few people as possible to know about it?

  2. March 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I would recommend that everyone read Prof Weiler’s long and detailed editorial which Liam links to in the post. This is really quite a shocking approach to take to a book review.

  3. March 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    It really is worrying; do we now have to lessen any critique we may have on a book etc; how would this apply to conferences? I know I have been ripped to pieces at conferences-sometimes i think it was justified, other times I did not-but that is the whole purpose of academic inquiry, to rigorously challenge without having legal threats directed at you-very very worrying developments-regardless of outcome!

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