Freedom of Expression: Justifications and Restrictions

Jerusalem: Israel Democracy Institute, 2008

9 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2009

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Re'em Segev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 15, 2009


"Freedom of expression" is a complex notion that reflects various considerations and raises many questions related to their content and interaction. This paper is an abstract of a book that considers general aspects regarding the justification and the limits of freedom of expression and analyzes exiting law in light of this normative discussion. Particularly, it considers the way to determine the proper scope of freedom of expression; first-order and second-order considerations in favor and against freedom of expression, both in general and regarding central specific kinds of expressions; and possible ways to normatively regulate the field of expressions - in particular to restrict expressions, primarily by law - and specifically the common view that subsequent punishment for an expression is generally preferable to prior restraint of an expression.

Keywords: Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Prior Restraint, Subsequent Punishment

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Segev, Re'em, Freedom of Expression: Justifications and Restrictions (January 15, 2009). Jerusalem: Israel Democracy Institute, 2008. Available at SSRN:

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