Is Freedom of Expression a Universal Right?
18 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2013
Date Written: April 2013
In this piece I shall argue that although there is a core of shared understanding of what a right of freedom of expression must entail, I am doubtful that there is a nonconventional principle of freedom of expression that can justify that core or extensions beyond it. From my perspective, freedom of expression, if it is to be a right, must be justified instrumentally and elaborated by establishing conventions to demarcate its scope, conventions which will be most tenable if culturally and historically relative.
Keywords: freedom of expression, control regulation, free speech
JEL Classification: K10
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