Instrumentalisation of Freedom of Expression in Postmodern Legal Discourses

European Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 147-170, 2010.

24 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2010 Last revised: 9 Dec 2016

Uladzislau Belavusau

University of Amsterdam

Date Written: December 3, 2010

Abstract

This paper rationalizes in the transatlantic perspective the instrumentalisation strategies of the right to free speech in postmodern legal discourses, stemming from the recent twenty years of American critical studies (rethinking Marxism, liberalism, nationalism, and post-structuralism). Race, gender, and sexual orientation are, consequently, the deconstructionist markers of the three legal movements discussed, namely: (1) critical race theory, (2) feminist jurisprudence, and (3) queer legal discourse. The respective scholars ruin a comfortable myth of the law-neutrality and deconstruct the oppressive nature of legal settings. They challenge the value of pure l’expression pour l’expression and balance freedom of expression against the yardsticks of non-discrimination, providing an account of the victim-stories, usually disregarded and silenced in the traditional juridical discourses.

Keywords: freedom of expression, legal postmodernism, critical race theory, feminist jurisprudence, queer legal discourse, hate speech

Suggested Citation

Belavusau, Uladzislau, Instrumentalisation of Freedom of Expression in Postmodern Legal Discourses (December 3, 2010). European Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 147-170, 2010.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1720504

Uladzislau Belavusau (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Department of European Studies
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Amsterdam, 1012 VB
Netherlands

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