Atrocity Speech Law: Addressing Hate that Does Grave Harm
Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp. 718-729, 2018
13 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2018 Last revised: 11 Jul 2018
Date Written: February 4, 2018
Atrocity Speech Law, by Gregory Gordon, offers a bold, holistic framework to repair gaps and discrepancies in the international laws regarding speech that can trigger grave crimes. The book shows how current treaties and conventions were constructed piecemeal in the urgency to prosecute those responsible for such horrors as the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide. Now, as hostile speech regains a political foothold and as new forms of communication disrupt old norms, Gordon proposes a "Unified Liability Theory," a more thorough, consistent, and rigorous law to clarify the line between legitimate protest and crime.
Keywords: speech, atrocity, international law, Geneva Convention, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Genocide Convention, genocide, persecution, incitement, Holocaust, International Criminal Tribunal, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, war crimes, crime against humanity, social media, political polarization
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