‘Strasbourg on excessive libel damages’

Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Ltd v Ireland ECtHR, 5th section, 15 June 2017. The Strasbourg Court has decided that an award of damages in an Irish libel case was disproportionate – but, as I shall explain – it has not told us what a proportionate award would have been. This odd position was reached in an application by a newspaper group against the Irish state. It was triggered by a massive jury award (€1.872m) for what by all accounts was a deeply unpleasant libellous campaign by the paper. But the immediate cause of the litigation arose from an appeal to the Irish Supreme Court, who, by a majority, would have reduced the award to €1.25m … (more)

[David Hart, UK Human Rights Blog, 19 June]

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