Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

L’écran noir: Shutting down Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (‘ERT’)

L’écran noir: Shutting down Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (‘ERT’)

As I am writing these lines, Greece is the only state in the Council of Europe with no public broadcast media. On Tuesday 11 June 2013, the Greek Conservative-led coalition...
Proportionality analysis after Eweida and Others v. UK: Examining the Connections between Articles 9 and 10 of the ECHR

Proportionality analysis after Eweida and Others v. UK: Examining the Connections between Articles 9 and 10 of the ECHR

Until recently, questions regarding the theory and practice of the proportionality analysis in relation to the application of Article 9 of the ECHR to individuals were largely redundant. The European...
Animal Defenders International v UK:  A Case of Fruitful Dialogue, or of Strasbourg Losing its Nerve?

Animal Defenders International v UK: A Case of Fruitful Dialogue, or of Strasbourg Losing its Nerve?

On 22 April, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held in Animal Defenders International v UK, by a majority of 9:8, that the UK’s broadcasting ban...
Animal Defenders International: Will Strasbourg open the door to political advertisements on TV?

Animal Defenders International: Will Strasbourg open the door to political advertisements on TV?

By Jacob Rowbottom – On Monday, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will give its long awaited decision in Animal Defenders International v UK. The Court...
Supreme Court of Canada Delivers Judgment in Hate Speech Case

Supreme Court of Canada Delivers Judgment in Hate Speech Case

By Lauren Dancer- In Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott 2013 SCC 11the Supreme Court of Canada considered whether s 14(1)(b) of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code which prohibits the...
Freedom of political communication and offensive speech in Australia

Freedom of political communication and offensive speech in Australia

By Boxun Yin – In Monis v The Queen [2013] HCA 4, the High Court of Australia considered the unique Australian doctrine of “implied freedom of political communication”. As Australia...
Australian Discrimination Law Reform Abandoned by Government

Australian Discrimination Law Reform Abandoned by Government

By Dominique Allen – Late last year, I wrote about the proposed changes to modernise Australia’s ageing anti-discrimination laws which, unlike most of their overseas equivalents, have stagnated since they...
Hacking, blagging and bribing? The press after Leveson

Hacking, blagging and bribing? The press after Leveson

By Hugh Tomlinson QC – Hacking, blagging and bribing were, for many years, standard journalistic techniques in parts of the British press. Their exposure led to continuing police investigations, over...
Spot the Differences: How Broad Can Commercial Speech Be?

Spot the Differences: How Broad Can Commercial Speech Be?

By Ilias Trispiotis In the aftermath of ‘the Innocence of Muslims’ turmoil, questions of whether and to what extent state authorities may regulate speech when it upsets public morals or...

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