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Dangerous Speech

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

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DANGEROUS SPEECH

& Other Challenges


Freedom of expression is once again under fire. We live in an era in which YouTube clips can inspire hatred and terrorism thousands of miles away from their creators; in which “fake news” and internet echo chambers hijack public deliberation; and in which universities that suppress illiberal speech are condemned as illiberal themselves. This day-long philosophical conversation will interrogate how we should defend, or otherwise qualify, the ideal of free speech in the face of the charge that it objectionably protects dangerous expression.


9 – 9:10. Registration

9:10 – 10:35. Session 1. Incitement and Hate Speech

Chair: Corey Brettschneider (Political Science, Brown)

Susan Benesch (Law, Harvard), “Transnational Incitement”

Chinmayi Arun (Law, New Delhi), “Hate Speech Law in India: The Perils of Over-Regulation and Under-Regulation"

10:35 – 10:50. Coffee Break

10:50 – 12:15. Session 2. Incitement and Counter-Terrorism

Chair: Eric Barendt (Law, UCL)

Jeffrey Howard (Political Science, UCL), “Incitement to Terrorism”

David Anderson QC (Former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation), “Counter-Terrorism and Free Speech”

12:15 – 1:15. Break

1:15 – 3:45. Session 3. Fake News, Media, and Democracy

Chair: Cécile Laborde (Politics, Oxford)

Timothy Garton Ash (History, Oxford), “Are We Losing the Media We Need for Democracy?”

Jacob Rowbottom (Law, Oxford), “Fake News and Failures in the Marketplace of Ideas

Jonathan Leader-Maynard (Politics, Oxford), “Alternative Facts and the Epistemic Dynamics of Extreme Violence”

3:45 – 4:15. Break

4:15 – 6:45. Session 4. Free Speech on Campus

Chair: Ashwini Vasanthakumar (Law, KCL)

Emily McTernan (Political Science, UCL), “In Defense of Snowflakes”

Corey Brettschneider (Political Science, Brown), “When the University Speaks, What Should It Say? Free Speech on Campus”

Jeremy Waldron (Law, NYU), “Heckling”


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THE BRITISH ACADEMY

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