21 January 2011
US Studies Centre senior lecturer on the US Constitution Harry Melkonian has written the book Defamation, Libel Tourism and the SPEECH Act of 2010: The First Amendment Colliding with the Common Law published by Cambria Press, New York. Melkonian considers how American media interests have expressed profound dismay over the phenomenon of libel tourism whereby American authors and media companies have been successfully sued for defamation in foreign courts where there is little if any connection between the venue and the parties. Media interests view these proceedings as forum shopping of the worst sort because essential American First Amendment rights are being compromised. In response to this concern, federal legislation commonly known as the SPEECH Act (Securing the Protection of Our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act) became law in August 2010. Read More
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