International Journal for the Semiotics of Law: Special issue on free speech

Volume 35, issue 6, December 2022 Special Issue: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech Issue editors: Jacob Mchangama, Natalie Alkiviadou Access the issue here List of articles in the issue: Editorial Introduction Authors Jacob Mchangama Natalie Alkiviadou Liberating Expression: Contemporary European Challenges Authors Natalie Alkiviadou A Model for Free Speech Authors Daniel Weston Laughing Matters: Humor, […]

South Africa the Model? A comparative Analysis of Hate Speech Jurisprudence of South Africa and The European Court of Human Rights

South Africa the Model? – A Comparative Analysis of Hate Speech Jurisprudence of South Africa and The European Court of Human Rights Abstract We compare the handling of hate speech by the European Court of Human Rights and the highest courts of South Africa: The latter, it turns out, adopts a more robust and well-articulated […]

Thoughts on the DSA: Challenges, Ideas and the Way Forward through International Human Rights Law

Thoughts on the DSA: Challenges, Ideas and the Way Forward through International Human Rights Law Abstract National and regional legislative measures/proposals that dramatically enhance platform liability for content developed by users such as the German Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) and the EU’s proposed Digital Services Act (DSA) place free speech at risk and potentially shrink […]

Article: Hate Crimes: The legality and Practicality of Punishing Bias—A Socio‑Legal Appraisal

Published iu International Journal for the Semiotics of Law – Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique (2022) by Natalie Alkiviadou Abstract This paper assesses the extent to which enhancing a penalty for hate crimes is a necessity. It conducts its analysis by looking at the theoretical justifications for and against such enhancement and also the impact of […]

Consultation response: The Practical Application of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to Activities of Technology Companies

Introduction Technology companies offer people around the world endless possibilities to share and impart information and express their opinions and beliefs quickly and without cost on social media platforms (SMPs). There are 4.62 billion users (58.4% of the global population) spending an average of 2h 27m per day on social media. This has revolutionized human […]

Working Paper: Who Cares about Free Speech

Across the globe, governments are scrambling to regulate content on social media to limit various (contentious) categories such as disinformation and hate speech. In many cases, measures include so-called intermediary liability laws that oblige platforms to remove illegal or even “harmful” content once they are notified. In Europe, this trend was kick-started by Germany´s Network […]

A Framework of First Reference – Decoding a Human Rights Approach to content moderation on social media

A Framework of First Reference – Decoding a Human Rights Approach to content moderation on social media SUMMARY 4.66 billion people have Internet access, and 4.20 billion are active social media users. Despite the unprecedented scale and ease with which information and opinions are shared globally, Internet freedom is seen more and more as both […]