Defamation on Social Media

Challenges of private international law




Defamation, private international law, human rights, EU law, freedom of expression, social media, Brussels I bis, Rome II


There is no doubt that social media have become a very important part of many people’s everyday life. The consequences of their usage is an increased engagement in defamation, most likely due to the aspect of anonymity present in the online environment. Such cross-border (or more precisely border-less) defamation raises difficult challenges in terms of jurisdiction and applicable law. These challenges, which will be analysed in more detail in the article, remain unresolved up until today. Moreover, negative effects occur not only within private international law itself, but status quo significantly influences the exercise of basic human rights, too. Besides analysing the existing EU legal framework and applicable case-law, the article also looks into the possible alternatives.


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How to Cite

Sakolciová, S. (2021). Defamation on Social Media : Challenges of private international law. Bratislava Law Review, 5(1), 121–134.