Fighting Hate Speech Through EU Law

Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 20-35, 2012

16 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2012

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Uladzislau Belavusau

T.M.C. Asser Institute - University of Amsterdam; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: February, 14 2012

Abstract

This article explores the rise of the European ‘First Amendment’ beyond national and Strasbourg law, offering a fresh look into the previously under-theorised issue of hate speech in EU law. Building its argument on (1) the scrutiny of fundamental rights protection, (2) the distinction between commercial and non-commercial speech, and, finally, (3) the looking glass of critical race theory, the paper demonstrates how the judgment of the ECJ in the Feryn case implicitly consolidated legal narratives on hate speech in Europe. In this way, the paper reconstructs the dominant European theory of freedom of expression via rhetorical and victim-centered constitutional analysis, bearing important ethical implications for European integration.

Keywords: freedom of expression, hate speech, EU non-discrimination, Feryn, critical race theory

Suggested Citation

Belavusau, Uladzislau, Fighting Hate Speech Through EU Law (February, 14 2012). Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 20-35, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2005377

Uladzislau Belavusau (Contact Author)

T.M.C. Asser Institute - University of Amsterdam ( email )

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The Hague, 2517 JN
Netherlands

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University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

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Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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