Course Description

601:639. THE CONCEPT OF (FREE) SPEECH IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE (2)

Bezemek


Free speech clauses protect more than just “speech”. In a very general sense, they protect “communication”. Still, this does not answer which instances of “communication” have a claim to protection, under free speech clauses like the First Amendment or Article 10 if the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The course will identify the criteria according to which acts are considered as protected “communication” in comparative perspective. Paying close attention to ECtHR and Supreme Court case law as well as to relevant scholarship, the discussions in class will give us a deeper understanding of what we speak about, when we speak about “speech”.