First Amendment Cosmopolitanism, Skepticism, and Democracy

25 Pages Posted: 27 May 2015 Last revised: 17 Jul 2015

Date Written: May 26, 2015


This is a response to Professor Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.’s review of my book, The Cosmopolitan First Amendment: Protecting Transborder Expressive and Religious Liberties (Cambridge University Press, 2014). The response explains the basic principles of First Amendment cosmopolitanism and highlights the importance of the First Amendment’s transborder dimension. It also responds to skeptical and critical reactions to some of the book’s arguments. Finally, the response elaborates on First Amendment Cosmopolitanism’s relationship to democratic values.

Keywords: First Amendment, free speech, transborder, cosmopolitan, cosmopolitanism, religion, religious liberty, territory, sovereignty, Internet, foreign law, conflict of laws

Suggested Citation

Zick, Timothy, First Amendment Cosmopolitanism, Skepticism, and Democracy (May 26, 2015). Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 76, No. 3, 2015, William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-309, Available at SSRN:

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