Book: A history of laws on hate and abuse

Justitia’s executive director Jacob Mchangama has contributed with a chapter to the book “Threats to free speech in the 21st century” Read the the chapter: A history of laws on hate and abuse (PDF) About the book: SUMMARY Free speech is, with free trade, freedom of enterprise and security of property, one of the key […]

Human Rights Law Review: Hate Speech and the European Court of Human Rights: Whatever Happened to the Right to Offend, Shock or Disturb?

Abstract In Handyside v. The United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held that the right to freedom of expression, as provided for in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects not only expressions that are favorably received but also those that ‘offend, shock or disturb’. 1 Yet, the Court has since developed […]

Who Cares about Free Speech? – Findings From a Global Survey of Free Speech

For immediate release: A new survey reveals that most people and nations strongly support free speech in principle but have reservations in practice. A global survey “Who Cares about Free Speech?” has been conducted by YouGov for the legal think tank Justitia, which asks citizens in 33 countries questions about their attitude towards free speech […]

Call for papers: Hate Speech vs. Free Speech

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law Guest Editors: Jacob Mchangama, Executive Director, Justitia (Denmark), Executive Director of the Future of Free Speech. Natalie Alkiviadou, Senior Research Fellow, Justitia (Denmark) & The Future of Free Speech Scope of our Special Issue: Opinions, facts, truth, and impossibility are continuously being expressed through languages and other semiotic […]

Article – The Legal Regulation of Hate Speech: The United Nations Framework as the Common Denominator for Europe and Asia

Published in the European-Asian Journal of Law and Governance (vol.10) Introduction Hate speech is a threat to the proper functioning of a democratic society and a damning force to central values such as respect and solidarity. It harms us on an interpersonal, community and societal levels and is “deeply rooted in the ideologies of racism, […]

Rushing to Judgment: Are Short Mandatory Takedown Limits for Online Hate Speech Compatible with The Freedom of Expression?

Rushing to Judgment: Are Short Mandatory Takedown Limits for Online Hate Speech Compatible with The Freedom of Expression? For the first time in human history, ordinary people have been given the ability to publicly share and access information instantly and globally through social media without the mediation of traditional gatekeepers such as newspaper editors or […]

The Digital Berlin Wall – How Germany (Accidentally) Created a Prototype for Global Online Censorship – Act two

The Digital Berlin Wall – How Germany (Accidentally) Created a Prototype for Global Online Censorship – Act two   The German Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) continues to inspire authoritarian and illiberal internet censorship around the world. In under a year, the number of countries copy-pasting the NetzDG matrix to provide cover and legitimacy for digital […]