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Mårten Schultz

Digital DIY Justice: Civil Recourse and the Protection of Privacy

Recent empirical research show that legal authorities fail to provide the victims of allegedly unlawful privacy violations (threats, abuse, harassment, defamation) access to justice in public law. These violations will often be directed towards people that have exercised their freedom of speech to express opinions that are controversial or perhaps offensive to particular groups. Two primary targets of criminal online abuse are politicians and journalists.

It is sometimes assumed that privacy protection by definition is an infringement of the freedom of speech. In fact, it is often the other way around. The effective protection of privacy, based on a balancing of interests (including other rights and freedoms) is a prerequisite for the freedom of speech. I will argue that the way forward in the promotion of digital privacy can be found in the access to civil recourse within tort law and that this instrument can be further sharpened through conscious legal, technical and social strategies.


Mårten Schultz is Professor of Civil Law, Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law, Stockholm University, and Chairman and Founder of The Law and Internet Institute.
Sweden’s Lawyer of the Year 2012
Teacher of the Year, Stockholm University 2012

Recent publications:
The Responsible Web: How Tort Law can Save the Internet, Journal of European Tort Law 2/2014

Näthat (2013) (book, co-author)

Right through torts. The rise of a human rights discourse in Swedish tort law, European Review of Private Law, 3/2009

Sidansvarig: Christine Forssell|Sidan uppdaterades: 2015-08-18

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