McLibel: Burger culture on trial

Lloyd, Francis (1999) McLibel: Burger culture on trial. University of Queensland Law Journal, 20 2: 340-344.

Author Lloyd, Francis
Title McLibel: Burger culture on trial
Journal name University of Queensland Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0083-4041
Publication date 1999
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 340
End page 344
Total pages 5
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Collection year 1999
Subject C4
390199 Law not elsewhere classified
750599 Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
There are numerous references made in McLibel: Burger Culture on Trial to the less than favourable opinion of the law held by the great Victorian writer Charles Dickens. The notion that the common law has evolved to work against the interests of justice and the common person, and for the interests of lawyers and big business is canvassed at length in McLibel: Burger Culture on Trial. Vidal, a journalist with the Guardian, documents the history of the parties, the day to day details in court and the ramifications of the longest trial in English legal history.

Totalling a massive 313 days in court, McDonald's Corporation and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd (UK) v Steel and Morris (hereafter referred to as McLibel) has captured attention world wide, much to the delight of the unemployed anarchist defendants and the regret of the plaintiff mega-corporation. The global significance of this case has produced not just McLibel the book, but also McLibel the movie plus a website that has been accessed by millions around the world. Indeed this could arguably be one of the most important trials of the decade, not only from a legal perspective but from a cultural and socio-economic viewpoint also. It is, therefore, hardly surprising that Vidal has catered for a cross section of interests by producing a work that is part legal textbook, part economic theory and part journalistic narrative — and all with a dash of humour and keen sense of the David and Goliath drama to keep the momentum flowing.
Q-Index Code C4
Additional Notes Subtitle: "by John Vidal, Macmillan, London, 1997, x pp, 301 pp, trial diary 302-3 10 pp, afterword 3 1 1-3 15 pp, references 3 16 pp, index 3 17-326 pp."

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Collection: TC Beirne School of Law Publications
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