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Current Issues in Defamation Law - LAWS6915

Year - 2020

This unit of study seeks to analyse in detail a number of areas in defamation law that have been the subject of current judicial, academic and policy debate and controversy. The topics covered in this unit include an analysis of the concepts of reputation and freedom of expression in Australian defamation law; the role of juries in Australian defamation trials; defamation and the impact of the internet and other technologies; the Polly Peck defence in Australian defamation law; damages and interlocutory injunctions as remedies for defamation; and the effectiveness of, and the scope for further, defamation law reform. It is expected that students who enrol in this unit of study will have studied defamation law at an introductory level as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees or have had practical experience in the area.

Oct 16, 17 & 30, 31 (9-5)

class participation (10%) and 8000wd essay (90%)

D Rolph et al, Media Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 2015. D. Rolph, Defamation Law, 1st ed., Thomson Reuters, Pyrmont, 2016.

Additional information
Academic Profile The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis


(LAWS3428 and LAWS5128)


Faculty: Sydney Law School

Intensive November

19 Oct 2020

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 13 Nov 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Prof David Rolph
HECS Band: 3
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