Postgraduate Research Student
Thesis title:The Chilling Effect on Freedom of Expression in the Jurisprudence of The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)
All lawyers dealing with some area of free speech are familiar with the term a ‘chilling effect’. However, most will agree with the UK House of Lords that the chilling effect is an ‘opaque term’. The research develops the concept of a chilling effect in the abstract primarily relying on US jurisprudence and theory before bringing it into an ECtHR jurisprudential context finally determining how the ECtHR applies the chilling effect in its reasoning.
- Data protection, IP, IT, Media and Privacy Law.
- Comparative jurisprudence in particular US and UK Supreme Courts; the ECtHR and the German Constitutional Court.
- Troels Larsen, The Updated Classic on UK Intellectual Property Law, A Book Review: Cornish, Llewelyn and Aplin, Intellectual Property, Patents, Copyright, Trademark & Allied Rights (Sweet & Maxwell, 7th ed., 2010), 2 Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property Law 196 (2011).
- Chapter on Danish Legislation Regarding Defamation and Privacy in ‘Carter-Ruck on Libel and Privacy, 6th ed., Butterworths LexisNexis, London, 2010.
- Larsen and Dr Leonardi, A Comparative Study of Costs in Defamation Proceedings Across Europe, Oxford University, 2008.
The research findings were quickly included in English debate on libel reform:
- Cited in The House of Commons, Report on Press Standards, Privacy and Libel (Vol I, 2009-’10).
- Formed the basis of an Amicus Brief in ECtHR case MGN v UK (2011).
- PDF: http://pcmlp.socleg.ox.ac.uk/sites/pcmlp.socleg.ox.ac.uk/files/defamationreport.pdf