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Manual on European Defamation Law

This manual on defamation law in Europe is a legal resource designed for lawyers litigating cases relating to defamation in Europe. The Manual on European Defamation Law introduces the legal concept, explains its historical relevance, and details how other fields can be impacted by defamation law.

This manual uses specific examples and European Court of Human Rights case law to build a broad understanding of defamation law and explain some of the nuances in different countries’ legal systems. The European Court of Human Rights has made several rulings regarding defamation law, but different countries’ legal systems approach defamation differently.

In the UK, defamation can occur if you publish something (e.g. by writing or speaking) about a person who you identify, or who can be identified by what you say, and the publication is likely to cause serious harm to their reputation.

In many countries, defamation is still a criminal offence. In other countries, journalists can face excessive damages if they are successfully sued for defamation.

Defamation cases are sometimes used as a tool to silence critical voices and punish dissent.

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MLDI Manual on freedom of expression law

The right to freedom of expression is a human right which is central to protecting a free and independent media. This manual enables lawyers who have experience with litigation, but not in the field of media law, to become more familiar with international standards on freedom of expression.

This manual sets out the general principles of freedom of expression and details how these can be used before national courts. The manual also touches upon thematic areas of media and freedom of expression law, such as defamation, privacy, media regulation, source protection and protecting media online as well as offline.

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MLDI Manual on litigating freedom of expression cases in East Africa

This manual is aimed at lawyers interested in representing journalists and the media in East Africa. It provides information on how to litigate freedom of expression cases before different regional human rights bodies.

For a legal challenge to be successful, it’s important to take a careful approach to bringing a freedom of expression case carefully – and to select the most relevant body. Each institution has a specific role in the region, with differences in purpose, function and jurisdiction. The manual covers three bodies before which free speech cases can be brought:

  • The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • The East African Court of Justice

This manual prepares lawyers to select the right legal body for their case and familiarises them with the benefits and requirements of each entity.

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Training Manual on Litigation and Freedom of Expression in West Africa

This manual is aimed at lawyers who want to litigate free speech cases in West Africa and familiarise themselves with the applicable international standards on freedom of expression. This manual details the different regional forums, such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, and explains how to select the most appropriate regional forum to defend freedom of expression cases in West Africa. Once the most appropriate forum has been selected, the manual also explains how to go about submitting a case.

 

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MLDI Training Manual on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online.

 The internet has become the most important media platform in the world. It allows for instant sharing of large amounts of information, across borders and to wide audiences. It enables individuals to engage with diverse views and perspectives, and to access an array of resources to assist them to formulate their own views. While the right to freedom of expression has existed for decades, it’s not always clear that those rights also apply in the evolving online space.    

This manual covers a range of issues around freedom of expression . It provides an overview of international and comparative law on access to the internet, digital privacy and online data protection as well as specific types of speech-related offences online. This manual is intended for lawyers across Africa representing clients in cases relating to online media, such as journalists, bloggers, videographers and even members of the public.

 

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MLDI Digital Rights Litigation Guide

MLDI Digital Rights Litigation Guide

Protecting freedom of expression on the internet is a complicated and evolving issue. It is now firmly entrenched by both the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the United Nations (UN) that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, in particular the right to freedom of expression.

This practical manual is aimed at lawyers working on digital rights cases in East, West and Southern Africa.  It contains both practical tips on litigating digital rights cases and an overview of the available regional human rights forums: the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the East African Court of Justice and ECOWAS Community Court of Justice. In addition, this guide explains how to select the best regional body for a specific case based on admissibility, jurisdiction and the merits of the case.

Additional information on regional forums and their role in West, East and South Africa can be found in our other training materials. 

 

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Manual on European Defamation Law

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Manual on European Defamation Law

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Manual on European Defamation Law

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Manual on European Defamation Law

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