Upcoming conference in England: ‘Extreme Speech and Democracy’

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The University of Cambridge’s Centre for Public Law and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (Arizona State University) will co-host a two-day conference titled “Extreme Speech and Democracy.” The conference is scheduled for April 21-22 at the university in Great Britain.

The conference will feature six panels examining whether or to what extent restrictions on extreme speech — including speech promoting religious hatred and glorification of terrorism — should be allowed in a democratic society.

The keynote speaker for the conference, Dieter Grimm, is a former justice of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court. He is a law professor at Humboldt University of Berlin, and has taught consitutional law at New York University and Yale. He is also the editor of I-CON, International Journal of Constitutional Law, published by Oxford University Press.

Other conference participants include Robert Post, Yale University; James Weinstein, Arizona State University; Eric Barendt, University College, London; David Feldman, University of Cambridge; Makhdoom Ali Khan, attorney general for Pakistan; and Stephen Sedley, lord justice, Royal Courts of Justice.

The discussion will focus on hate speech; incitement to religious hatred; religious speech and expressive conduct that offends secular values; incitement to and glorification of terrorism; Holocaust denial; and regulation of the press.

See more information about the conference.

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