April 18, 2010
British Libel Law Chills U.S. Scholars' Speech, but Change Is Afoot
Big Ben, the Tower of London, the Tate Modern: London's landmarks keep it popular with cultural tourists. But the city has a reputation for attracting less welcome visitors as well: libel tourists, eager to take advantage of British laws that favor plaintiffs in libel actions more than American laws do.
A few highly publicized cases involve American scholars and their publishers. Now some of those publishers have stepped up their efforts to obtain legal protections in the United