The Legal Response to Hate Speech

This Friday, October 26, the College of Law is hosting an event titled The Legal Response to Hate Speech: Should the U.S. be more like Europe?  The event will consist of a conversation between Jeremy Waldron, University Professor at NYU School of Law and James Weinstein, Amelia Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, as well as a book signing and reception after the discussion.  You can get event details and reserve a ticket on the College of Law’s website.

If you are interested in this topic you may want to read Waldron’s new book, The Harm in Hate Speech, or another recent addition to the Law Library’s collection titled The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulation and Responses, edited by Michael Herz and Peter Molnar.

   In The Harm in Hate Speech, Waldron discusses the damage that hate speech does and compares American free speech laws to European laws which punish speech that “incites hatred” against an individual or group based on his or her race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.   The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulations and Responses also has a comparative emphasis, as the authors consider whether it is possible to establish hate speech policies that balance free speech but also protect individuals and groups.

The Harm in Hate Speech is available in the law Library at Law Treatises KF9345 .W34 2012. The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulations and Responses  is available in the Law Library at Law Treatises K5210 .C66 2010.

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