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Philippine Supreme Court Silencing Dissent?

Given the wide coverage of the Calvo-Goller/Weigend/Weiler saga, EJIL Talk readers will be well aware of the topic of challenges to academic freedom. This post seeks to draw readers’ attention to another instance involving risks of an altogether different degree, and to raise awareness for what seems to be a worrying attempt, by a court, to silence dissent among academics: the Court in question is the Philippine Supreme Court, which is threatening 37 members of the University of Philippine’s College of Law with disciplinary sanctions for contempt – a charge that may eventually result in the loss of their bar licenses. This is only the latest twist in legal proceedings that from the outside seem altogether surreal, but that involve risks of a very real nature to some of our colleagues. So what is it all about, and why should we care? What it’s about The contempt proceedings have their origin in the proceedings of Isabelita Vinuya et al. v. Executive Secretary et al., in which the plaintiffs sought an order requiring the Philippine government to seek…

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JHHW to Stand Trial in France for Criminal Libel – Refusal to Remove a Bookreview which Displeased the Author of the Reviewed Book

The latest issue of EJIL is now out. The Table of Contents is posted below, but we wanted to draw EJIL: Talk! readers' attention to the Editorial, which concerns an attempt in France to prosecute EJIL's Editor in Chief for criminal libel. A link to the full editorial is posted below. Editorial 20 4 The below Table…

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