A Dernier Cri from Strasbourg: An Ever Formidable Challenge of Hate Speech

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 Last revised: 26 Dec 2012

Uladzislau Belavusau

University of Amsterdam

Date Written: June 22, 2010

Abstract

This article provides the analysis of three recent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on the problem of hate speech, pertinent in the context of the danger of terrorism, an infamous (anti)-immigration debate, and an extreme nationalist historical mythology (Soulas & Others v. France, Leroy v. France, Balsytė-Lideikienė v. Lithuania). The author endeavours to answer if the ‘dernier judicial design’ of these decisions is actually posing a risk of a chilling effect (as some scholars have recently argued) or the earlier Strasbourg proportionality is still à la mode.

Keywords: Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, Migration, Terrorism, Racism

Suggested Citation

Belavusau, Uladzislau, A Dernier Cri from Strasbourg: An Ever Formidable Challenge of Hate Speech (June 22, 2010). European Public Law, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 373-389, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1628584

Uladzislau Belavusau (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Department of European Studies
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Amsterdam, 1012 VB
Netherlands

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