LAW7140 - Defamation law
6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Law
Not offered in 2008
This subject begins with an analysis of the concept of freedom of speech and the concept of 'political discussion' as developed by the High Court. The two major restraints on freedom of speech viz. The law of defamation and the action for breach of confidence are then considered. Emphasis will be on the law of defamation and the action for breach of confidence are then considered. Emphasis will be on the law of defamation in Australia signalled by several recent decisions of the High Court. These matters and the reform of the law of defamation will be examined in this course.
Students who successfully complete this subject should
Research assignment (3000 words): 40%
One 2-hour seminar per week