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The manifest destiny of an ill-founded application to the ECHR

'Manifest Destiny' logo via Keith Burstein's site

I have written twice before about the libel action Keith Burstein took concerning a newspaper review of his opera Manifest Destiny. In Associated Newspapers Ltd v Keith Burstein [2007] EWCA Civ 600 (22 June 2007) the Court of Appeal held the newspaper’s defence of fair comment must inevitably succeed, and made an order dismissing Burstein’s claim. He failed to obtain leave to appeal to the House of Lords, so he applied to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. I said at the time that I fully expected the ECHR to dismiss the case as manifestly ill-founded. Now comes news that my crystal ball was functioning well: the ECHR has indeed declined to consider the case, much to Burstein’s inevitable chagrin.

I haven’t been able to track down the ECHR decision on admissibility, so if anyone out there has it and could send it to me, I would be very grateful indeed.

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Me in a hatHi there! Thanks for dropping by. I’m Eoin O’Dell, and this is my blog: Cearta.ie – the Irish for rights.

“Cearta” really is the Irish word for rights, so the title provides a good sense of the scope of this blog.

In general, I write here about private law, free speech, and cyber law; and, in particular, I write about Irish law and education policy.

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