The aim of the presentation is to introduce and investigate the consequences that the British phenomenon – libel tourism – has had on the international and European arena. Regarding the first one, special attention will be paid to the Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (SPEECH) Act. Its scope of application, clearly wider than originally assumed and possible consequences it may trigger will be in the core of the analysis. In this respect, also the new project on an international instrument launched by the Hague Conference on Private International Law that, in the speaker’s opinion, partially results from the problem at stake will be referred to. From the perspective of the European law, the revision of the Brussels I Regulation and doubts as to abolition of exequatur in respect to defamation judgments will be considered.
Against this background the question of the general nature as to the need of approximation of the defamation laws in Europe will be asked. It will further lead to another doubt as to forum shopping. A provocative question whether forum shopping resulting from the legal diversity is truly such a negative practice will conclude the presentation.