International Free Speech and Expression Law
The world is influenced by the multinational rules and norms governing speech and online content. National laws may differ, for example Germany can maintain laws regulating the denial of the Holocaust while the United States can tolerate Nazi marches. However, digital platforms have been on the rise and cross borders. This means that what people say and how they behave online and offline are increasingly subject to rules created not just by national governments, but by international norms and private businesses. This seminar course compares free speech laws in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere, and applies those doctrines to vanguard problems in the law of free speech, including content moderation, fake news, the “weaponization” of the First Amendment, religious exemptions to equality legislation, and so on.
This course sits at the intersection of the public interest and law and technology curricula. It gives students an opportunity to see how international public law and new technological developments are clashing and causing new problems for law and policy. The seminar also relies heavily on case studies and practical applications.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Government/Public Sector; IP/Copyright and Trademark; Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Tech/Privacy
Note: At this time, this course is offered as part of the London Study Abroad Program only.