Democracies differ significantly when addressing the constitutionality of laws regulating hate speech. This event brings together two internationally recognized experts on the law and philosophy of free speech to ask the question, “Should the U.S. be more like Europe in its legal response to hate speech?” This issue is of special relevance at ASU because, as with other American universities, campus free speech areas are frequently the site for the expression of disturbing viewpoints, including opinions that many feel constitute hate speech.
The event is scheduled for October 26, 2012 at noon and will be held in the Great Hall at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. It features a moderated debate/discussion with two extraordinary public intellectuals:
Jeremy Waldron – Professor Waldron is one of the world’s foremost authorities on political philosophy, jurisprudence and legal theory. His scholarship and lectures have profoundly influenced academics and policy makers throughout the world. He has written numerous books and articles on theories of rights, constitutionalism, democracy, torture and property. He is a University Professor at the New York University School of Law and Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, All Souls College, Oxford.
James Weinstein – Professor Weinstein’s is an internationally-recognized free speech expert. Much of his scholarship, including his book Hate Speech, Pornography and the Radical Attack on Free Speech Doctrine, focuses on constitutional limitations on the regulation of hate speech. He is the Amelia D. Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Public Law at the University of Cambridge.
The event corresponds with the recent publication of Wladron's book, The Harm in Hate Speech (Harvard University Press). A reception and book signing with the Jeremy Waldron will follow the lecture in the Rotunda of Armstrong Hall.
Parking is available in the Rural Road Parking structure located opposite to the Law School/ Armstrong Hall. Please let the attendant know that you are looking for parking in relation to "The Legal Response to Hate Speech" event.
The event is jointly sponsored by the Center for Law and Global Affairs, the Campus Environment Team and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics with additional support from the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict.
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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, ASU
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is pioneering a new model for 21st century legal education, one that reinvents the modern law school as not just an institution that trains lawyers, but as a multifaceted legal studies center that engages in developing solutions to the world's global challenges and that seeks to educate a broad cross-section of contemporary society.