Freedom of Assembly and the Hostile Audience in Anglo-American Law

29 American Journal of Comparative Law 59 (1981)

38 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2015

Date Written: 1981

Abstract

Public conflict between rival factions creates one of the most persistent and difficult dilemmas in Anglo-American Civil Liberties. This paper examines the decisions and actions of courts and other policy makers in Britain and the United States when faced with the need to protect freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in the context of disorder and violence arising out of confrontations between speakers and demonstrators, on the one hand, and an audience or a community hostile to their message or their mere presence, on the other.

Keywords: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, hostile audience, heckler's veto, Britain, United States

Suggested Citation

Barnum, David, Freedom of Assembly and the Hostile Audience in Anglo-American Law (1981). 29 American Journal of Comparative Law 59 (1981), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2684123

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