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Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law Announces New Editor, Upcoming Defamation Law Colloquium and Release of New Issue September 13, 2010
Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law Announces New Editor, Upcoming Defamation Law Colloquium and Release of New Issue

Southwestern Professor Michael Epstein is now serving as the supervising editor of the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law (JIMEL), a publication of the American Bar Association Forums on Communications Law and the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and Southwestern's Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. Professor Epstein will also serve as moderator at the JIMEL International Media Law Colloquium, where a panel of experts will discuss emerging international issues in defamation law on September 29 at the Southwestern campus.

New Supervising Editor

A member of the Southwestern faculty since 1999, Professor Epstein has taught a variety of cutting edge courses in domestic and international media and entertainment law. He is a founding faculty member of the Biederman Institute's Summer Abroad Program in England and has taught international students in Cambridge, London and Buenos Aires. He is also a member of the editorial advisory board for Comms Law, published in Britain by Bloomsbury Professional, PLC.

Defamation Law Colloquium

At the JIMEL International Media Law Colloquium, panelists will present on international developments in defamation law, followed by discussion with the audience. Confirmed presenters include: Professor David Goldberg (University of Glasgow/Oxford), Professor Kyu Ho Youm (University of Oregon), Professor Claire Wright (Thomas Jefferson School of Law) and Southwestern Professor Michael Scott.

The colloquium will be held on Wednesday, September 29 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Southwestern's Bullocks Wilshire Building, located at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The event is free to attend, with $6 parking available on site. Members of the California Bar can sign up to receive 3 hours of CLE credit. Those interested in attending should contact Ms. Tamara Moore at institute@swlaw.edu. Click here for a map and directions to Southwestern's campus.

JIMEL Volume 3, Issue 1

The first issue edited by Professor Epstein, published in August 2010, opens with a tribute to Professor David Kohler, the publication's founding editor, who passed away in October 2009. "This issue is dedicated to Professor Kohler," Professor Epstein explained. "It is not an understatement to say that the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law was the brainchild of Dave Kohler; all of us at the ABA Forum on Communications Law, at the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and at Southwestern Law School, hope that JIMEL will also be an enduring legacy to him."

Other topics explored in the current issue by leading legal practitioners and professors include: a prescriptive look at the public moral exception in WTO cases; a timely critique of the "multiple publication rule" in U.K. libel litigation by engaging the reasons U.S. courts supplanted it; the evolution of Australian privacy protections from its common law origins to current legislative initiatives and proposed reform; and an examination of the relative merits of the English and American rules for fee and costs allocation in defamation cases in light of the specific goals of substantive law. The next issue of JIMEL (Volume 3, Issue 2) is currently in production, with articles on EU copyright harmonization, Brazilian moral rights and a comparative analysis of recent developments in Canadian libel law.

The leading faculty-edited publication of its kind, the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law was established in 2005 to promote scholarship focused on the global dimension of media and entertainment law and addresses all aspects of international, domestic, and comparative law in these areas, including topics related to content, regulation, intellectual property, distribution, publishing, internet and technology and transactions. Contributors include leading practitioners and academics from around the world. All submissions are peer-reviewed by an editorial board composed of Biederman Institute faculty and members of the ABA Forums. Students are selected to work with the board on research, technical editing and other tasks.

Information regarding subscriptions or submissions to the Journal is available online or by emailing jimel@swlaw.edu.