Defamation law is guided to a large extent by the core struggle between the right to reputation on one hand, and free expression on the other. The module begins by unpacking multiple understandings of reputation, launching into a history of defamation law, and the elements and defences against charges of defamation. The module goes on to examine how Defamation is used as a tool against free expression before looking into the productive aspects of defamation. The final division throws up the question of what an ideal law of defamation would look like.
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