In Defense of Group-Libel Laws, or Why the First Amendment Should Not Protect Nazis

32 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2009  

Kenneth Lasson

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: 1984-1985

Abstract

The author discusses group libel laws, and the underlying problems when free speech is used as a defense by those who would defame specific racial or ethnic groups and/or minorities. The topic is further explained in reference to various state laws, and the subsequent court cases extant at the time of the article's writing which defined the issue in terms of law. References are also made to such laws in countries other than the United States for the sake of comparison.

Keywords: group libel laws, hate speech, Nazis, Holocaust, racism, racial defamation, First Amendment

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49, J71, J78, J79

Suggested Citation

Lasson, Kenneth, In Defense of Group-Libel Laws, or Why the First Amendment Should Not Protect Nazis (1984-1985). New York Law School Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 2, 1984-1985. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1493385

Kenneth Lasson (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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