Italy’s fight against fake news: a work in progress, by Alberto Nicotina and Simone Riganelli

As the popularity of populist movements in Western countries increased, so did the concern that fake news could be spread and then exploited for political purposes. The reaction of France and Germany was almost immediate: in addition to launching specific programmes aimed at verifying the reliability of the news circulating on the web, it was … Continue reading Italy’s fight against fake news: a work in progress, by Alberto Nicotina and Simone Riganelli

Comparing Legal Cultures, 2nd edition 2020, 804 p, by Sören Koch

Legal cultures have much in common with Paella. It is common knowledge that Paella is one of the best-known dishes in Spanish cuisine. Still there are many variations of the dish, from the more traditional Valencian (Paella valenciana) to seafood paella (Paella de marisco) or mixed paella (Paella mixta). The word Paella refers to a … Continue reading Comparing Legal Cultures, 2nd edition 2020, 804 p, by Sören Koch

Electoral disinformation and summary judicial proceedings. Is the Polish experience relevant?, by Adam Krzywon

1. The disruptive effect of electoral disinformation The phenomenon of disinformation has become one of the most challenging and preoccupying problems for policy-makers, courts, and legal scholars. Dissemination of false information plays an important role in many elections. That is why various countries have adopted special measures that would limit the disruptive effect of these … Continue reading Electoral disinformation and summary judicial proceedings. Is the Polish experience relevant?, by Adam Krzywon

A comparative perspective of data protection in the Internet (Springer 2021) edited by Sofia de Vasconcelos Casimiro and Dario Moura Vicente

Personal data processing is at the core of almost every activity throughout the world, in both the public and private sector. Besides its lucrative side, it has been proving itself as a powerful tool to influence opinions and behaviours for very different purposes, such as political gains. Global computer networks, notably the Internet, have given … Continue reading A comparative perspective of data protection in the Internet (Springer 2021) edited by Sofia de Vasconcelos Casimiro and Dario Moura Vicente

Lesson from Thailand: When the regulatory response to fake news is misunderstood as a problem of illegal content, by Pattamon Anansaringkarn

Since the US presidential election in 2016, fake news has become a pressing issue on the agenda of governments around the world. As a threshold issue, however, the question must be addressed of whether the state should take steps in regulating fake news and if so, what kind of regulatory regime would be most appropriate. … Continue reading Lesson from Thailand: When the regulatory response to fake news is misunderstood as a problem of illegal content, by Pattamon Anansaringkarn

Towering Judges: A Comparative Study of Constitutional Judges (Cambridge University Press 2021), edited by Rehan Abeyratne and Iddo Porat

Introduction This volume introduces and critically examines a new topic in comparative constitutional law: Towering Judges. The volume discusses nineteen judges of apex and constitutional courts from fourteen jurisdictions. Within their particular settings, each of these judges made a significant impact on the trajectory and development of constitutional law. These judges towered over their peers … Continue reading Towering Judges: A Comparative Study of Constitutional Judges (Cambridge University Press 2021), edited by Rehan Abeyratne and Iddo Porat

On the power of Big Tech to shape politics and culture, and its ethical problems

Introduction Fake news on the internet and how to counter it, has been a frequently debated subject in the past years. Most governments’ strategies involve cooperation with social media platforms to stop fake news and disinformation. It is not always clear what this cooperation entails, given that the specific algorithms that social media platforms use … Continue reading On the power of Big Tech to shape politics and culture, and its ethical problems

Dundee Law School’s New Representative – Dr Luca Siliquini-Cinelli – Introduces Himself to the Association’s Community

It is with great pleasure that I write this post to share with the Association’s (BACL) community my own experience as a legal comparatist and philosopher. I hope that the below remarks will inspire young legal comparatists to pursue their objectives wherever they might take them, and despite all the difficulties we are facing in these … Continue reading Dundee Law School’s New Representative – Dr Luca Siliquini-Cinelli – Introduces Himself to the Association’s Community

Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens

Since the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak in 2020, States have adopted stringent measures to curb the virus’s propagation. These measures include limitations of freedom of religion. On request of Governments, churches, mosques and synagogues ceased to hold ceremonies or limited the number of believers allowed. While the judicial procedures raised by the British Government’s guidance were rejected, the … Continue reading Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens