The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulation and Responses

The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulation and Responses


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The contributors to this volume consider whether it is possible to establish carefully tailored hate speech policies that are cognizant of the varying traditions, histories, and values of different countries. Throughout, there is a strong comparative emphasis, with examples (and authors) drawn from around the world. All the authors explore whether or when different cultural and historical settings justify different substantive rules given that such cultural relativism can be used to justify content-based restrictions and so endanger freedom of expression. Essays address the following questions, among others: Is hate speech in fact so dangerous or harmful to vulnerable minorities or communities as to justify a lower standard of constitutional protection? What harms and benefits accrue from laws that criminalize hate speech in particular contexts? Are there circumstances in which everyone would agree that hate speech should be criminally punished? What lessons can be learned from international case law?

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ISBN-13: 9780521191098
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/09/2012
Pages: 568
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Michael Herz is the Arthur Kaplan Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he also serves as Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. Previously, he clerked for Justice Byron White of the US Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Levin H. Campbell of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. His publications include Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy: Problems, Text, and Cases, 7th edition (2011, with Breyer, Stewart, Sunstein and Vermeule), A Guide to Judicial and Political Review of Federal Agencies (2005, coedited with John F. Duffy) and articles on a variety of public law topics.

Peter Molnar is a Senior Research Fellow in communications law at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University, Budapest. A former member of the Hungarian Parliament, Molnar was one of the drafters of the 1996 Hungarian media law. He has been teaching communications law since 1994 at ELTE University and since 2007 at the Central European University, in Budapest. Molnar was a German Marshall Fellow, twice a Fulbright Fellow and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University, Massachusetts. In 2006, he drafted the Declaration for the Freedom of the Internet and in 2007 the staged version of his novel, Searchers, won awards for best alternative and best independent play in Hungary.

Table of Contents

Foreword: hate speech and the coming death of the international standard before it was born (complaints of a watchdog) Miklos Haraszti; Foreword: hate speech and common sense Adam Liptak; Part I. Overviews: 1. Interview with Robert Post Peter Molnar and Robert Post; 2. Is there a case for banning hate speech Bhikhu Parekh; 3. Hate speech C. Edwin Baker; 4. Interview with Kenan Malik Peter Molnar and Kenan Malik; 5. Hate speech and the demos Jamal Greene; 6. On American hate speech law Floyd Abrams; Part II. Refinements and Distinctions: 7. Social epistemology, Holocaust denial, and the post-millian calculus Frederick Schauer; 8. Denying experience: Holocaust denial and the free speech theory of the state Julie Suk; 9. What's wrong with defamation of religion? Kwame Anthony Appiah; 10. 'Hate speech' and imminent danger of violence Peter Molnar; 11. Reconceptualizing counter-speech in hate speech policy (with a focus on Australia) Katharine Gelber; 12. Hate speech and self-restraint Arthur Jacobson and Bernhard Schlink; 13. Hate speech in constitutional jurisprudence: a comparative analysis Michel Rosenfeld; 14. One step beyond hate speech: post-Soviet regulation of 'extremist' and 'terrorist' speech in the media Andrei Richter; 15. Hate speech and comprehensive forms of life Alon Harel; Part III. Equality and Fear: 16. Hate speech and political legitimacy Jeremy Waldron; 17. Reply to Jeremy Waldron Ronald Dworkin; 18. Waldron, Machiavelli, and hate speech Stephen Holmes; 19. Shielding marginalized groups from verbal assaults without abusing hate speech laws Yared Legesse Mengistu; 20. Interview with Nadine Strossen Peter Molnar and Nadine Strossen; 21. Interview with Theodore Shaw Peter Molnar and Theodore Shaw; Part IV. International Law: 22. Does international law provide for consistent rules on hate speech? Toby Mendel; 23. State-sanctioned incitement to genocide: the responsibility to prevent Irwin Cotler; 24. A survey and critical analysis of Council of Europe strategies for countering 'hate speech' Tarlach McGonagle; 25. The American convention on human rights: regulation of hate speech and similar expression Eduardo Bertoni and Julio Rivera, Jr; 26. Orbiting hate: satellite transponders and free expression Monroe Price.

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