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Freedom and privacy of speech: balancing two rights

Barendt, E. (2009) Freedom and privacy of speech: balancing two rights. Lecture presented to: Dialogues!, The University of Northampton, 11 May 2009. Appendix material contributed by James Ressel. (Unpublished)

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Abstract: Privacy and freedom of speech are important human rights, but until recently they have not been strongly protected in English law. In English law freedom of speech has traditionally been a residual liberty, in that it existed only when its exercise was not restricted by statute or by the common law. Libel law, largely still governed by the common law, is concerned with the protection of an individual’s right to reputation; it has been an important restriction on the exercise of free speech and freedom of the press. But there has been no explicit right to privacy, and I will spend a little time explaining why privacy has been left unprotected by the law. Both rights are guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which has been incorporated into the law of the United Kingdom by the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Free speech, privacy
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General) > K3154 Constitutional law > K3224 Individual and state > K3254 Freedom of speech
K Law > K Law (General) > K3154 Constitutional law > K3224 Individual and state > K3263 Privacy, right of
Creators: Barendt, Eric
Editors: Ressel, James
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law > Law
Faculties > Faculty of Business & Law > Law
Date: 11 May 2009
Date Type: Presentation
Series Name: Dialogues!
Event Title: Dialogues!
Event Dates: 11 May 2009
Event Location: The University of Northampton
Event Type: Workshop
Language: English
Status: Unpublished
Refereed: No
Institution: University of Northampton, Division of Law

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