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Andrew Scott

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A. Mullis and A. Scott (2009), ‘Something rotten in the state of English libel law? A rejoinder to the clamour for reform of defamation’, 14 Communications Law 173-183 (evidence of at least 2* quality: national and international scholarly reliance on the research at e.g. [2013] Pub. Law 108; (2012) 35 Fordham Int’l L.J. 1501; (2012) 60 Am. J. Compar. L. 533; (2011) 74 MLR 845.

A. Scott, A. Murray and C. Beckett (2009), Response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation on Defamation on the Internet: the Multiple Publication Rule (Consultation Paper CP20/09 - November).

T. Hartley (2010), ‘"Libel Tourism" and Conflict of Laws’, 59 International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 25-38 (citations at e.g. (2012) 107 Northwestern Univ. L. Rev. 116; (2012) 60 Am. J. Compar. L. 508; (2011) 12 German L.J. 1681).

A. Mullis and A. Scott (2011), ‘Lord Lester’s Defamation Bill 2010: A Distorted View of the Public Interest?’, 16 Communications Law 6-19 (citations at e.g. (2012) 23 Entertainment L. Rev. 28; (2011) 16 Communications Law 142).

A. Mullis and A. Scott (2011), ‘Worth the Candle? The Government’s Draft Defamation Bill’, 3 Journal of Media Law 1-17.

A. Mullis and A. Scott (2012), ‘Reframing Libel: Taking (all) Rights Seriously and Where it Leads’, 63 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 3-23.

A. Mullis and A. Scott (2012), ‘The Swing of the Pendulum: Reputation, Expression and the Re-centering of English Libel Law', 63 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 25-56.

R. Parkes et al (2013), Gatley on Libel and Slander (12th edn, London: Sweet & Maxwell) A. Mullis and A. Scott (2014), Tilting at Windmills?: the Defamation Act 2013. 77 Modern Law Review 87-109. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2230.12057.

A. Scott (2014), 'Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe: the autopoetic inanity of the single meaning rule in libel', in Kenyon (ed) Defamation and Privacy: Law, Media and Public Speech (Cambridge University Press, 2014 - forthcoming)

Evidence of impact

Ministry of Justice, (2010) Report of the Libel Working Group. London: Ministry of Justice, p.13 n 21.

Horne (2010) Reform of Defamation Laws. House of Commons Library Briefing Paper, SN05409, p. 4 nn 7 & 9 at

Vollmer (2010) Defamation. House of Lords Library Note, LLN 2010/016, pp. 11-12 (this Note incorrectly states that the research had been ‘commissioned’ by ‘Lawyers for Media Standards’ and that hence it was one of ‘two major reports by interest groups’ (p. 3))

720 HL Deb cols 459-463, 9 July 2010. Joint Committee on Defamation [2010-2012] Draft Defamation Bill. HL Paper 203/HC 930

Joint Committee on Human Rights [2012-13] Legislative Scrutiny: Defamation Bill. HL Paper84 / HC810

NILC, Defamation Law in Northern Ireland (Belfast: NILC, 2014) Hunt v Times Newspapers Ltd [2012] EWHC 1220 (QB), [12].

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