Associate Professor David Rolph

BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) PhD (Sydney)

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Dr David Rolph is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law, specialising in media law. He is the author of two books, as well as many book chapters and journal articles, on all aspects of media law. From 2007 to 2013, Dr Rolph was the editor of the Sydney Law Review, one of Australia’s leading law journals. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Media and Arts Law Review, the Communications Law Bulletin, Communications Law and the International Journal of the Semiotics of Law. Dr Rolph is also a regular columnist for the Gazette of Law and Journalism and a frequent media commentary on a range of media law issues.

Research interests

  • Defamation
  • Privacy and breach of confidence
  • Negligence
  • Conflict of laws
  • Copyright
  • Legal History

Teaching and supervision

UG:

  • Torts
  • Media Law: Defamation and Privacy
  • Media Law: Contempt of Court and Open Justice

PG:

  • Principles of Defamation Law
  • Current Issues in Defamation Law

Selected grants

2012

  • Judicial Perceptions of the Media: A Thematic Analysis; Rolph D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • Free access legal research infrastructure for the whole of the common law: Completing CommonLII; Greenleaf G, Rolph D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Rolph, D., Vitins, M., Bannister, J. (2010). Media Law: Cases, Materials and Commentaries. Australia: Oxford University Press Australia.
  • Rolph, D. (2008). Reputation, Celebrity and Defamation Law. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Book Chapters

  • Kumar, M., Rolph, D. (2014). An Appetite for Suppression: Non-Publication Orders, Open Justice and the Protection of Privacy. In Dieter Dorr, Russell L. Weaver (Eds.), Perspectives on Privacy: Increasing Regulation in the USA, Canada, Australia and European Countries, (pp. 149-170). Germany: Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
  • Rolph, D. (2014). Looking Again at Photographs and Privacy: Theoretical Perspectives on Law's Treatment of Photographs as Invasions of Privacy. In Anne Wagner, Richard K. Sherwin (Eds.), Law, Culture and Visual Studies, (pp. 205-224). The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Rolph, D. (2013). The Sources of Defamation Law. In Justin T Gleeson, James A Watson, Elisabeth Peden (Eds.), Historical Foundations of Australian Law: Volume II Commercial Common Law, (pp. 106-126). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Rolph, D. (2012). Politics, Privacy and the Public Interest: A Case Study from Australia. In D Dorr and R Weaver (eds) (Eds.), The Right to Privacy in the Light of Media Convergence: Perspectives from Three Continents, (pp. 65-87). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG.
  • Rolph, D. (2011). Defamation. In C Sappideen & P Vines (Eds.), Fleming's The Law of Torts, (pp. 613-682). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • Rolph, D. (2010). The Mechanical Eye: Looking, Seeing, Photographing, Publishing. In Geoffrey Sykes (Eds.), Courting the Media: Contemporary Perspectives on Media and Law, (pp. 75-98). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Journals

  • Rolph, D. (2013). Defamation by social media. Precedent, 117, 16-21.
  • Rolph, D. (2013). Juries in the 21st Century by Jacqueline Horan Federation Press, 2012, 244 pp (ISBN 9781862878945). Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 25(2), 721-724.
  • Rolph, D. (2013). Towards an Australian Law of Privacy: The Arguments For and Against. Communications Law Bulletin, 31(4), 9-14.
  • Rolph, D. (2012). Irreconcilable Differences? Interlocutory injunctions for defamation and privacy. Media and Arts Law Review, 17(2), 170-200.
  • Rolph, D. (2012). Playing Away From Home: Sportspeople, Privacy and the Law. Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal, 6(1), 35-62.
  • Rolph, D. (2012). Splendid Isolation? Australia as a Destination for 'Libel Tourism'. Australian International Law Journal, 19, 79-96.
  • Rolph, D. (2012). The interaction of remedies for defamation and privacy. Precedent, 108, 14-17.
  • Rolph, D. (2011). Corporations' Right to Sue for Defamation: An Australian Perspective. Entertainment Law Review, 22(7), 195-200.
  • Rolph, D. (2010). Publication, innocent dissemination and the internet after Dow Jones & CO INC v Gutnick. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 33(2), 562-580.
  • Rolph, D. (2009). Are Juries Necessary? The Role of Juries in Defamation Trials. Precedent, 92, 10-14.
  • Mowbray, J., Rolph, D. (2009). It's A Jungle Out There: The Legal Implications of Underbelly. Communications Law Bulletin, 28(1), 10-16.
  • Rolph, D. (2009). Showing Restraint: Interlocutory Injunctions in Defamation Cases. Media and Arts Law Review, 14(3), 255-291.
  • Rolph, D. (2008). A Critique of the national, uniform defamation laws. Torts Law Journal, 16(3), 207-248.
  • Rolph, D. (2007). Preparing for a Full-Scale Invasion? Truth, Privacy and Defamation. Communications Law Bulletin, 25 (3/4), 5-8.
  • Rolph, D. (2006). A Carton of Milk, A Bump to the Head and One Legal Headache: Vicarious Liability in the High Court of Australia. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 19(3), 294-305.
  • Rolph, D. (2006). Dirty pictures: Defamation, reputation and nudity. Law Text Culture, 10, 101-134.
  • Rolph, D. (2006). Uniform at Last? An overview of uniform, national defamation laws. Precedent, 76, 35-38.
  • Rolph, D. (2005). No Worries? Employers' Duty of Care for Negligently Inflicted Stress. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 18(3), 344-356.
  • Rolph, D. (2005). Review - Gillooly, M, 'The Third Man: Reform of the Australian Defamation Defences'. Sydney Law Review, 27(4), 761-764.
  • Rolph, D. (2004). Simple Questions, Difficult Juries: Perversity In Australian Defamation Trials After John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd v Rivkin. Commercial Law Quarterly, 18(3), 9-20.
  • Handler, M., Rolph, D. (2003). 'A real pea souper': The panel case and the development of the fair dealing defences to copyright infringement in Australia. Melbourne University Law Review, 27(2), 381-422.
  • Rolph, D. (2003). A clearly inappropriate forum? Jurisdiction, internet defamation and the high court of Australia. Media and Arts Law Review, 11, 59-71.
  • Weatherall, K., Rolph, D. (2003). Dow Jones v Gutnick: Strum und Drang or Storm in a teacup? - Part 1. Internet Law Bulletin, 6(1), 7-11.
  • Weatherall, K., Rolph, D. (2003). Dow Jones v Gutnick: Strum und Drang or Storm in a teacup? - Part 2. Internet Law Bulletin, 6(2), 18-22.
  • Rolph, D. (2003). Peverse jury verdicts in New South Wales defamation trials. Torts Law Journal, 11, 28-50.
  • Rolph, D. (2002). The Message, not the Medium: Defamation, Publication and the Internet in Dow Jones & Co Inc v Gutnick. Sydney Law Review, 24, 263-280.

Conferences

  • Kumar, M., Rolph, D. (2013). An Appetite for Suppression: Non-Publication Orders, Open Justice and the Protection of Privacy. Privacy Discussion Forum 2013: The Johannes Gutenberg University Faculty of Law, Mainz, Germany: Presentation.

Reference Works

  • Rolph, D. (2011). Defamation. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Rolph, D. (2011). Negligence. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Rolph, D. (2009). Media and Communications. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Rolph, D. (2008). Contempt. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Rolph, D. (2008). Limitation of Actions. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Rolph, D. (2007). Tort. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.

2014

  • Kumar, M., Rolph, D. (2014). An Appetite for Suppression: Non-Publication Orders, Open Justice and the Protection of Privacy. In Dieter Dorr, Russell L. Weaver (Eds.), Perspectives on Privacy: Increasing Regulation in the USA, Canada, Australia and European Countries, (pp. 149-170). Germany: Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
  • Rolph, D. (2014). Looking Again at Photographs and Privacy: Theoretical Perspectives on Law's Treatment of Photographs as Invasions of Privacy. In Anne Wagner, Richard K. Sherwin (Eds.), Law, Culture and Visual Studies, (pp. 205-224). The Netherlands: Springer.

2013

  • Kumar, M., Rolph, D. (2013). An Appetite for Suppression: Non-Publication Orders, Open Justice and the Protection of Privacy. Privacy Discussion Forum 2013: The Johannes Gutenberg University Faculty of Law, Mainz, Germany: Presentation.
  • Rolph, D. (2013). Defamation by social media. Precedent, 117, 16-21.
  • Rolph, D. (2013). Juries in the 21st Century by Jacqueline Horan Federation Press, 2012, 244 pp (ISBN 9781862878945). Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 25(2), 721-724.
  • Rolph, D. (2013). The Sources of Defamation Law. In Justin T Gleeson, James A Watson, Elisabeth Peden (Eds.), Historical Foundations of Australian Law: Volume II Commercial Common Law, (pp. 106-126). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Rolph, D. (2013). Towards an Australian Law of Privacy: The Arguments For and Against. Communications Law Bulletin, 31(4), 9-14.

2012

  • Rolph, D. (2012). Irreconcilable Differences? Interlocutory injunctions for defamation and privacy. Media and Arts Law Review, 17(2), 170-200.
  • Rolph, D. (2012). Playing Away From Home: Sportspeople, Privacy and the Law. Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal, 6(1), 35-62.
  • Rolph, D. (2012). Politics, Privacy and the Public Interest: A Case Study from Australia. In D Dorr and R Weaver (eds) (Eds.), The Right to Privacy in the Light of Media Convergence: Perspectives from Three Continents, (pp. 65-87). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG.
  • Rolph, D. (2012). Splendid Isolation? Australia as a Destination for 'Libel Tourism'. Australian International Law Journal, 19, 79-96.
  • Rolph, D. (2012). The interaction of remedies for defamation and privacy. Precedent, 108, 14-17.

2011

  • Rolph, D. (2011). Corporations' Right to Sue for Defamation: An Australian Perspective. Entertainment Law Review, 22(7), 195-200.
  • Rolph, D. (2011). Defamation. In C Sappideen & P Vines (Eds.), Fleming's The Law of Torts, (pp. 613-682). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • Rolph, D. (2011). Defamation. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Rolph, D. (2011). Negligence. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.

2010

  • Rolph, D., Vitins, M., Bannister, J. (2010). Media Law: Cases, Materials and Commentaries. Australia: Oxford University Press Australia.
  • Rolph, D. (2010). Publication, innocent dissemination and the internet after Dow Jones & CO INC v Gutnick. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 33(2), 562-580.
  • Rolph, D. (2010). The Mechanical Eye: Looking, Seeing, Photographing, Publishing. In Geoffrey Sykes (Eds.), Courting the Media: Contemporary Perspectives on Media and Law, (pp. 75-98). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

2009

  • Rolph, D. (2009). Are Juries Necessary? The Role of Juries in Defamation Trials. Precedent, 92, 10-14.
  • Mowbray, J., Rolph, D. (2009). It's A Jungle Out There: The Legal Implications of Underbelly. Communications Law Bulletin, 28(1), 10-16.
  • Rolph, D. (2009). Media and Communications. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Rolph, D. (2009). Showing Restraint: Interlocutory Injunctions in Defamation Cases. Media and Arts Law Review, 14(3), 255-291.

2008

  • Rolph, D. (2008). A Critique of the national, uniform defamation laws. Torts Law Journal, 16(3), 207-248.
  • Rolph, D. (2008). Contempt. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Rolph, D. (2008). Limitation of Actions. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Rolph, D. (2008). Reputation, Celebrity and Defamation Law. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

2007

  • Rolph, D. (2007). Preparing for a Full-Scale Invasion? Truth, Privacy and Defamation. Communications Law Bulletin, 25 (3/4), 5-8.
  • Rolph, D. (2007). Tort. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Australia: LexisNexis.

2006

  • Rolph, D. (2006). A Carton of Milk, A Bump to the Head and One Legal Headache: Vicarious Liability in the High Court of Australia. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 19(3), 294-305.
  • Rolph, D. (2006). Dirty pictures: Defamation, reputation and nudity. Law Text Culture, 10, 101-134.
  • Rolph, D. (2006). Uniform at Last? An overview of uniform, national defamation laws. Precedent, 76, 35-38.

2005

  • Rolph, D. (2005). No Worries? Employers' Duty of Care for Negligently Inflicted Stress. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 18(3), 344-356.
  • Rolph, D. (2005). Review - Gillooly, M, 'The Third Man: Reform of the Australian Defamation Defences'. Sydney Law Review, 27(4), 761-764.

2004

  • Rolph, D. (2004). Simple Questions, Difficult Juries: Perversity In Australian Defamation Trials After John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd v Rivkin. Commercial Law Quarterly, 18(3), 9-20.

2003

  • Handler, M., Rolph, D. (2003). 'A real pea souper': The panel case and the development of the fair dealing defences to copyright infringement in Australia. Melbourne University Law Review, 27(2), 381-422.
  • Rolph, D. (2003). A clearly inappropriate forum? Jurisdiction, internet defamation and the high court of Australia. Media and Arts Law Review, 11, 59-71.
  • Weatherall, K., Rolph, D. (2003). Dow Jones v Gutnick: Strum und Drang or Storm in a teacup? - Part 1. Internet Law Bulletin, 6(1), 7-11.
  • Weatherall, K., Rolph, D. (2003). Dow Jones v Gutnick: Strum und Drang or Storm in a teacup? - Part 2. Internet Law Bulletin, 6(2), 18-22.
  • Rolph, D. (2003). Peverse jury verdicts in New South Wales defamation trials. Torts Law Journal, 11, 28-50.

2002

  • Rolph, D. (2002). The Message, not the Medium: Defamation, Publication and the Internet in Dow Jones & Co Inc v Gutnick. Sydney Law Review, 24, 263-280.

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