Attorney-General for the United Kingdom v Wellington Newspapers Ltd: 1988

(New Zealand) The British government sought to prevent the publication in New Zealand of a book (‘Spycatcher’) written by a retired secret service officer saying that it was based in part on information received by him in confidence.
Held: The court accepted the existence of a residual category of ‘public laws’, but ‘it would seem anachronistic for the Courts to deny themselves the power to do what they can to safeguard the security of a friendly foreign state.’


Sir Robin Cooke P


[1988] 1 NZLR 129


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedMbasogo, President of the State of Equatorial Guinea and Another v Logo Ltd and others CA 23-Oct-2006
Foreign Public Law Not Enforceable Here
The claimant alleged a conspiracy by the defendants for his overthrow by means of a private coup d’etat. The defendants denied that the court had jurisdiction. The claimants appealed dismissal of their claim to damages.
Held: The claims were . .
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Updated: 04 May 2022; Ref: scu.245576