October 11, 2007 14:24 Age: 7 yrs

Professor Broyde Publishes Op-Ed in New York Times

Emory Law professor Michael J. Broyde, along with Deborah E. Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, published an op-ed piece in the Oct. 11 issue of The New York Times. The article discusses the topic of “libel tourism” – or filing libel suits against writers and their publishers in countries with plaintiff-friendly libel laws, namely Britain.

According to British libel laws, the burden of proof lies with the defendant and not with the plaintiff, as it does in American laws. Because of this fact, “wealthy and powerful people who object to a book can simply find a country with sympathetic laws, have a book shipped there and sue,” stated Broyde and Lipstadt.

In the article, Broyde and Lipstadt argue that “Congress should pass legislation preventing any American court – state or federal – from enforcing libel judgments issued by foreign courts, so that anyone wishing to sue an American for libel must do so in the United States.”

To view the op-ed piece in its entirety, please visit the New York Times Web site here.


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