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European Regulation of Cross-Border Hate Speech in Cyberspace: The Limits of Legislation

European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, 19: 1-13, 2011

13 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2012  

James Banks

Sheffield Hallam University

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This article examines the complexities of regulating hate speech on the Internet through legal frameworks. It demonstrates the limitations of unilateral national content legislation and the difficulties inherent in multilateral efforts to regulate the Internet. The article highlights how the US commitment to free speech has undermined European efforts to construct a truly international regulatory system. It is argued that a broad coalition of citizens, industry and government, employing technological, educational and legal frameworks, may offer the most effective approach through which to limit the effects of hate speech originating from outside of European borders.

Keywords: Hate Speech, Hate Crimes, Cybercrimes

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Banks, James, European Regulation of Cross-Border Hate Speech in Cyberspace: The Limits of Legislation (2011). European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, 19: 1-13, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2129457

James Banks (Contact Author)

Sheffield Hallam University ( email )

United Kingdom

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