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Eric Heinze, Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship

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Abstract: Most democracies prohibit various forms of racist, sexist, anti-religious, negationist, homophobic, pro-terrorist, or other extreme expression – the US being a notorious, oft criticised exception. Governments often describe their hate speech bans as means of defending citizens’ safety and equal standing. Democracies ought certainly to adopt and to enforce comprehensive non-discrimination policies, by promoting values of equal citizenship in primary and public education, and by supporting models of best practice within the mass media. Speech bans may be legitimate as security measures in India, Israel, or Northern Ireland into the 1990s, but it will be argued that they can never claim distinctly democratic legitimacy.

Bio: Eric Heinze holds the Chair in Law & Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London. His books include Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship (OUP, 2016), The Concept of Injustice (Routledge, 2013), The Logic of Constitutional Rights (Ashgate, 2005); The Logic of Liberal Rights (Routledge, 2003); The Logic of Equality (Ashgate, 2003), and Sexual Orientation: A Human Right (Nijhoff 1995), along with the edited collection Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights (Ashgate 1995). His other writing has appeared in Harvard Human Rights Journal, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, Ratio Juris, Legal Studies, Michigan Journal of International Law, and Journal of Social & Legal Studies. Having completed study in the University of Paris, Heinze earned law degrees from Harvard (JD) and Leiden (PhD) along with fellowships from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the US Fulbright Foundation, the French Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, and Harvard University. His background includes experience at the International Commission of Jurists and litigation for the UN Administrative Tribunal, as well as advisory roles for NGOs. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Human Rights and the British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. He is currently Project Leader for the three-year, EU-funded four-nation consortium ‘Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspective’.

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