Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 314 (Nov)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Eady J

Representation Thomas Beazley QC, Victoria Sharp QC and Jane Phillips (instructed by Peters & Peters) for the claimants.
  Maurice Mendelson QC, Patrick Moloney QC and Catrin Evans (instructed by Simons Muirhead & Burton) for the defendants.
Judgment Dates: 21 November 2002


Conflict of laws - Jurisdiction - Libel action - Rule of double actionability - Procedural bar - Diplomatic immunity and inviolability - Effect.

The Case

In a libel action where the words complained of were published to the British Ambassador and an embassy official in Prague, it was held that in the circumstances, the requirement of double actionability was satisfied. In connection with the defence of qualified privilege, although there might well be a common and corresponding interest between British citizens abroad and embassy staff, such an interest could not be said to exist in all such dealings, and the issue of whether there was such an interest was fact sensitive and depended on the persons involved.

Practice Areas

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