Words that Hurt (2): National and International Perspectives on Hate Speech Regulation

ECMI Working Paper Series n. 119

41 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2019

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Kyriaki Topidi

European Centre for Minority Issues; Institute of Law and Religion /Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 30, 2019

Abstract

Faced with a piecemeal approach to hate speech in Europe, leading to the reduced visibility of the phenomenon with often serious consequences, a variety of regional and international organisations have contributed legal documents and interpretative recommendations that attempt to guide states in their practice of combating hate speech.

The present paper, following up on a previous one, will engage first with the international legal and regulatory framework of hate speech, placing emphasis on the European elements of the system in place. At a second stage, the paper will briefly survey twenty European national systems exposing the variety of regulatory patterns on the issue. Finally, the study will conclude with a list of common observations pertaining to the regulation of hate speech in the European continent, as they have emerged from the comparative analysis of the case-studies.

Keywords: freedom of expression, hate speech, international regulation, comparative law

Suggested Citation

Topidi, Kyriaki, Words that Hurt (2): National and International Perspectives on Hate Speech Regulation (September 30, 2019). ECMI Working Paper Series n. 119, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3488718 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3488718

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