Thought Leadership Series

Defamation reform – in pursuit of balance

On-demand webcast · 1 CPD Unit

With a series of high-profile cases sparking debate about freedom of speech vs the right to protect one’s reputation, Australia’s dated model defamation laws have come under intense scrutiny. Online publication and social media may have changed the landscape, but the stakes remain high for both plaintiffs and defendants.

New South Wales has taken the lead and was the first Australian jurisdiction to enact new model provisions earlier this month. With the other states and territories expected to follow suit, the objective is a modern and nationally consistent law of defamation.

On 31 August 2020, the NSW Attorney General, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, discussed the reforms at the Law Society’s Thought Leadership event: Defamation reform – in pursuit of balance. Mr Speakman was joined by leading defamation law experts: Sophie Dawson, Partner at Bird & Bird, and Jim Micallef, Special Counsel at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.


Mark Speakman SC portrait

The Honourable
Mark Speakman SC MP | Read bio

Attorney General of NSW
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

R Harvey portrait

Richard Harvey | Read bio
The Law Society of NSW

Sophie Dawson portrait

Sophie Dawson | Read bio
Bird & Bird

 jim Micalllef portrait

Jim Micallef | Read bio
Special Counsel
Corrs Chambers Westgarth

On-demand webcast details

Format  Online webcast
CPD      1 CPD Unit
Cost       Member - $29
                  Non-member - $149

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