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Seminar: “How Anti-SLAPP Laws are Affecting Defamation Litigation” with Dr Hilary Young
11am MST, Thursday, 9 June 2022
Dr Hilary Young
Ontario and British Columbia recently enacted anti-SLAPP legislation to better protect freedom of expression. These laws promote Charter values by preventing civil actions – especially defamation actions – from being used as a tool to silence and punish those who speak out on matters of public interest.
Hilary Young, one of Canada’s leading defamation and tort scholars, will briefly introduce how defamation law balances interests in reputation and free speech, and will show how the law’s plaintiff-friendly nature allows it to be abused. The session will then focus on Ontario and BC’s anti-SLAPP laws, which allow certain cases to be dismissed at an early stage. The laws will be explained and some typical cases explored. Finally, the session will address how these laws have changed the practice of defamation law by altering litigation risks for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Hilary Young is a Professor in the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law. She obtained her Ph.D. in linguistics from Rice University, an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. She clerked for Justice Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada and practiced civil litigation at Cox & Palmer in Halifax before beginning her academic career.
Dr Young is one of Canada’s leading defamation scholars. Her other research and teaching interests include torts, remedies and health law. She is one of the authors of Linden and Feldthusen’s Canadian Tort Law. Her work has been cited by courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.$10.00 – $35.00