2018 Summer School Subject List

Media Law: Defamation and Privacy (LAWS3428) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Law (Sydney Law School)
Department: Law
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

Instructors:
(1) Associate Professor David Rolph - david.rolph@sydney.edu.au

Contacts:
(1) Associate Professor David Rolph - david.rolph@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 28 Nov 2016 
End Date: 07 Dec 2016 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 21 Nov 2016 
Census date: 03 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 03 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No

Prerequisites:

  1. Prerequisite: - 

    FOUNDATIONS OF LAW; TORTS

  2. Note: - 

    All enrolments are subject to approval by the Sydney Law School.

  3. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Bachelor of Laws students only.

Description

This unit of study analyses two areas of law which have a significant impact on the daily practice of journalism. Both of these areas of law relate to the personal interests of private plaintiffs and the legal recourse such plaintiffs may have against media outlets. The tort of defamation, which protects a plaintiff’s reputation, is a well-established cause of action which notoriously has a “chilling” effect on what the media publishes. By contrast, direct legal protection of privacy against invasions by the media is a rapidly developing area of law in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the European Union. This unit of study provides a detailed examination of the principles of defamation law relating to liability, defences and remedies. It also examines how different common law legal systems are developing direct legal protection for individuals’ privacy against intrusive media coverage. This unit of study provides a thorough doctrinal analysis of defamation, privacy and breach of confidence, as well as placing these areas of law in their broader historical, international, comparative, social and cultural contexts.

Assessment

1 x 2500 WORD PROBLEM-BASED ASSIGNMENT; 1 x 2 HR OPEN-BOOK EXAMINATION

Timetable

Start Date: 28 Nov 2016     End Date: 07 Dec 2016

Lectures:
Castlereagh Seminar 1804 & 1805
Mon 28 NOV 2016 - 09:00-18:00 hrs
Tue 29 NOV 2016 - 09:00-18:00 hrs
Wed 30 NOV 2016 - 09:00-18:00 hrs

Mon 05 DEC 2016 - 09:00-18:00 hrs
Tue 06 DEC 2016 - 09:00-18:00 hrs
Wed 07 DEC 2016 - 09:00-18:00 hrs
Final Exam:
Castlereagh Seminar 1804 + 1805
Thu 5 Jan 2017 - 10:00-12:40 hrs

Texts

ROLPH ET AL, MEDIA LAW: CASES, MATERIALS AND COMMENTARY, 2nd ed., OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, SOUTH MELBOURNE, 2015.