Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Libel Tourism

I’ve done a news analysis on the subject for the Chronicle. Some takeaways: Yes, Britain is as wacky about libel law as you’ve heard. No, the rest of the world does not agree that the First Amendment is the Best Thing Ever. And the unlikely heroes of the story? Librarians.

Libel Tourism, Early Summer Edition

Threatened with a libel lawsuit over a review in Art Journal, its flagship publication, the College Art Association decided to settle rather than duke it out in British court. Libel law in the U.K. notoriously favors plaintiffs. Hence so-called libel tourism, in which plaintiffs file suit in Britain or other countries where, sans a First… Continue reading »