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Monday, February 21, 2011

Weiler in the Dock

As some of you know from reading Leiter's blog, NYU Law prof, Joe Weiler, has been accused in France of a criminal defamation charge because he refused to take down a negative book review that appeared in the journal that he edits (the EJIL). Weiler had nice things to say about the trial's fairness but one hopes nonetheless that he is being indemnified by all the parties (that's all of us) who would benefit from a ruling in his favor, soon may it arrive. The judges are supposed to issue a verdict in a fortnight. In the meantime, you might want to check out Adam Liptak's very interesting Sidebar column in today's NYT about the trial and Weiler's seemingly mellow mood about this all.   Adam, you might recall, has done some freelancing for NYU Law in the past, so it's not entirely surprising that he would take interest in the injustice to Weiler. And I'm glad he did. The alleged victim's amazon webpage hasn't exactly benefited from the attention Liptak has focused on it.

Perhaps somewhat oddly, I owe the appearance of my first scholarly publication to Prof. Weiler, who, before he set off to NYU from HLS, cheerfully encouraged me as a 1L to write a review essay of a book on ethics and authority in international law.  I just discovered that the link I had to that essay on my website is dead, and, that may all be for the better. Nonethless, I find it sad that more than technology is frustrating the European Journal of Int'l Law and its editors these days. We all owe Prof. Weiler a substantial debt of gratitude for his principled stand regarding the fate of academic book reviewing. Thanks for hangin' tough, Joe. (And a h/t to Al Brophy, for spotlighting the Sidebar for me today.)

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If France rules against him, the freedom fries are on me.

Posted by: TS | Feb 22, 2011 6:35:29 PM

This is a gem from the Sidebar piece:

“I am aware of the extent of freedom of expression under the First Amendment,” she wrote to the site’s editor, Joseph Weiler, a law professor at New York University. “However, the extent of that freedom ends where its exercise damages the reputation of an individual.”

Posted by: Hillel Y. Levin | Feb 22, 2011 4:01:45 PM

Ah, thanks for the correction, Kevin. I think I saw that link where Weiler discussed his trial (http://www.ejiltalk.org/in-the-dock-in-paris/) on the EJIL website, and thought it was related to the original source. Weiler, Weiler, everywhere...

Posted by: Dan Markel | Feb 22, 2011 10:56:00 AM

The book review in question did not appear in EJIL; it appeared at globallawbooks.com, which Weiler runs.

Posted by: Kevin Jon Heller | Feb 22, 2011 8:03:53 AM

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