Advanced Torts: Defamation and Privacy

Tort law recognizes that words and images can injure, and through causes of action libel, slander, and the rights of privacy, it attempts to compensate the victims of those injuries. This course begins with traditional tort law of defamation, traces the development of that through key Supreme Court cases of the 1960s, and provides a close examination of current defamation law. Some of the contemporary controversies to be addressed include: the existence and scope of the "fact/opinion" distinction; the use of defamation causes of action in employment-related litigation; the developing "neutral reportage" principle and the proper accommodation of defamation principles to new technologies of communication.
Credits: 3

Type: LEC

Does this course satisfy the writing requirement? Yes

Additional information: Take-home exam or paper option