Public seminar, 30 May: Would you ban "hate speech"?

The Center for Media and Communication Studies at CEU presents the public seminar:

Would You Ban "Hate Speech"? Examining content-based restrictions and speech leading to imminent danger

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  • Dunja Mijatovic (OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media)
  • John Shattuck (President and Rector, Professor at Legal Studies Department, CEU)
  • Andrei Richter (Director of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media; Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University)
  • Miklós Haraszti (Former OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media)
  • Michel Rosenfeld (Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law)
  • Rita Izsák (Independent Expert on minority issues of the UN Human Rights Council)
  • Renáta Uitz (Head of Legal Studies Department, Director of Comparative Constitutional Law Program, CEU)
  • Sejal Parmar (Assistant Professor, Legal Studies Department, CEU)
  • Bernard Rorke (Research Director, Roma Initiatives, Open Society Foundations)
  • Andres Moles (Assistant Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Political Science, CEU)
  • Péter Molnár (Senior Research Fellow, Center for Media and Communication Studies, CEU)

DateThursday, May 30th 2013, 12:45 - 7:00 PM
Auditorium, Central European University, Nador u. 9.
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Despite the growing frequency and nastiness of hate speech, there is no consensus on what the legal responses should be. Neither proponents of banning hate speech because of its content, nor proponents of banning incitement to hatred only when it causes imminent danger can clearly identify the legal limits of speech. This forum aims to shed new light on two schools of legal responses to hate speech.

The event builds on discussions outlined in a recent publication The Content and Context of Hate Speech - Rethinking Regulation and Remedies (edited by Michael Herz and Peter Molnar, Cambridge University Press, 2012). Following the discussion, there will be a theater performance by CEU students and Peter Molnar, produced by his Department of Public Policy course Enabling Policies for Responding to "Hate Speech" in Practice.


12:45: Welcome and Opening Remarks

1:00-3:00: Would you ban "Hate Speech" based on content, and if so what content would you ban?

With Andrei Richter (OSCE), Miklós Haraszti (Former OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media), Michel Rosenfeld (Cardozo School of Law), Rita Izsák (UN Human Rights Council), Andres Moles (CEU) and Péter Molnár (CEU)

3:30-5:30: Would you ban "Hate Speech" only in cases of imminent danger, and if so how imminent should that danger be?

With Dunja Mijatovic (OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media), John Shattuck (CEU), Péter Molnár (CEU), Renáta Uitz (CEU), Sejal Parmar (CEU) and Bernard Rorke (Open Society Foundations)

6:00-7:00: Performance of the Hate Speech Monologues