Defamation Law: A Primer, Second Edition

Raymond Brown

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Defamation Law: A Primer, Second Edition provides basic and concise coverage of the substantive law of defamation.

Raymond E. Brown, the author of Brown on Defamation, Second Edition, articulates both the diversity and similarity of the common law of defamation in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. He has included the leading decisions in each of these countries, and quotes extensively from leading jurists. This book also includes a chapter outlining the impact of the United States constitution on the law of defamation, as well as a chapter devoted to recommending a variety of changes in the law.

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  • Several new sections have been added with this edition, including discussion on special problems of defamatory meaning with the internet, internet publications, reportage privilege, nominal and contemptuous damages and appellate review of damage awards.
  • Legislative references have been updated with special care being taken to note the changes in Australia with the advent of the Uniform Defamation Act, 2005 as well as the changes in the United Kingdom brought about with the English Defamation Act, 2013.
  • Case law throughout has been updated for all relevant jurisdictions: United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States, and to a limited extent South Africa.


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Negligence, Personal Injury, Torts


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