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The Role of Free Speech within Democracy

When: Friday, February 15, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Speakers and discussants: Jacob Rowbottom (University of Oxford), Manjeet Ramgotra (SOAS University of London), Simon Reid-Henry (QMUL), Robert Simpson (UCL), Alison Scott-Bauman (SOAS),  Eric Heinze (QMUL)

What is the status of free speech in contemporary democratic institutions? What kind of speech is and should be protected? And who is tasked with ensuring its protection? This seminar gathers scholars from law, geography, philosophy, and politics to consider the origins of free speech in democratic institutions and to discuss and debate its effectiveness in ensuring democratic legitimacy.


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