‘Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship’ – 21 October, 2015

‘Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship’ – 21 October, 2015

Eric Heinze

Series Name Law and Theory Research Cluster
Speaker Eric Heinze (Queen Mary, University of London)
Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at Oct 21, 2015 02:00 PM
Ends at Oct 21, 2015 04:00 PM
Venue Jan Grodecki Room, floor one, Law, Fielding Johnson Building
Open To University staff and students

Most modern democracies punish hate speech. Less freedom for some, they claim, guarantees greater freedom for others. But that view confuses democracy with liberalism, as if the two assume identical norms in principle, or entail the same results in practice. It also assumes a misleadingly ahistorical model of democracy. Professor Heinze will argue that modern democracies have better ways of combating violence and discrimination against vulnerable groups without having to censor speakers. The talk will show why free expression must be safeguarded not primarily as an individual (‘liberal’) right, but as an essential attribute of democratic citizenship.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Eric Heinze (JD, Harvard 1991; PhD, Leiden, 1994) is Professor of Law & Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.  He has been a Fulbright Fellow (Utrecht), DAAD fellow (Berlin), and Chateaubriand Fellow (Paris).

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