Declaration of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on “Libel Tourism” & Freedom of Expression

From the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the Desirability of International Standards dealing with Forum Shopping in respect of Defamation, “Libel Tourism”, to Ensure Freedom of Expression, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 4 July 2012 at the 1147th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies:

13…. the Committee of Ministers:

– alerts member States to the fact that libel tourism constitutes a serious threat to the freedom of expression and information;

– acknowledges the necessity to provide appropriate legal guarantees against awards for damages and interest that are disproportionate to the actual injury, and to align national law provisions with the case law of the Court;

– undertakes to pursue further standard-setting work with a view to providing guidance to member States.