Abstract: The Leveson Inquiry in a European Context

The following abstract was submitted to the European Law Review:

The biggest story in the newspapers of 2012 probably made it into the Leveson Inquiry. This celebrity infested public inquiry intended to be the basis on which the press would be reformed to perform its role as information sources that scrutinise those with power more effectively. This paper explores the role that European Union law in the areas of property and privacy has on the way the media operations. This is achieved through exploring the issues surrounding the British Royal Family, where such issues came to the forefront following the exposure of explicit photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William Wales and Kate Middleton, and also those of Harry Wales.

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  1. I have now read your article on the Leveson Report and the issues it raises from the viewpoint of EU law. It tackles a topical issue which it discusses in a lively manner and makes some interesting points.

    However, there are also some issues with it.

    First, I felt that it was quite UK-focused. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this (and we do publish articles on national developments), the article does not bring out the wider issues which are raised for the EU.

    Secondly, the article is at times quite descriptive. There is no clear argument which emerges from the analysis and which is both original, detailed and articulated in a scholarly manner.

    Thirdly, the article could benefit from a more detailed analysis – at times, it read as if it intended to provide an overview of the area.

    In the light of the above, I am afraid I would not be able to accept your article for publication.

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