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The Content and Context of Hate Speech : Rethinking Regulation and Responses, Hardback Book

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

Edited by Michael Herz, Peter Molnar


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?


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 568 pages, 2 Tables, unspecified; 4 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Law & society
  • ISBN: 9780521191098



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