Defamation law and social attitudes: ordinary unreasonable people

Roy Baker*

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'This refreshingly original work is an essential addition to the libraries of all defamation aficionados. Through empirical evidence, including interviews with judges and practitioners, and surveys of the general public, Dr Baker convincingly demonstrates the human propensity to overestimate the negative effect that defamatory imputations may have on other people ("the third person effect"). The conventional "ordinary reasonable person" test becomes in practice an "ordinary unreasonable person" test, regrettably lowering the defamation threshold and further curtailing freedom of communication.'

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages360
ISBN (Electronic)9780857939449
ISBN (Print)9780857939432
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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