Comparative Privacy and Defamation
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Comparative Privacy and Defamation

Edited by András Koltay and Paul Wragg

Providing comparative analysis that examines both Western and non-Western legal systems, this wide-ranging Handbook expands and enriches the existing privacy and defamation law literature and addresses the fundamental issues facing today’s scholars and practitioners. Comparative Privacy and Defamation provides insightful commentary on issues of theory and doctrine, including the challenges of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the impact of new technologies on the law.
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Chapter 21: Italian defamation and privacy law from a comparative perspective

Vencenzo Zeno-Zencovich


Italian law in the field of defamation has more than 2000 years of history moving from Roman law to modern codes. The chapter analyses the role of the Courts in shaping present-day defamation law under the influence of specific constitutional provisions protecting freedom of speech and of international charters (mostly the ECHR and the ECFR) in immunizing the media from libel claims. The chapter also analyses how there has been a significant shift from traditional criminal charges to civil actions for damages and the criteria used to liquidate the latter.

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