Freedom of speech is a pillar of a robust democratic culture


“Extreme speech and the law” (2 ECTS)

(Seminars held in the ambit of Studying Law at Roma Tre)

The seminar will be divided in three parts. In the first part, we will offer a survey of the different philosophical justifications of free speech, as they emerge from both the debate in legal and political philosophy, and from the jurisprudence of Supreme courts in Europe and the US. In the second part of the seminar we will introduce and define the general concept of ‘hate speech’, and in this light we will then analyse some recurring ‘limiting cases’ in free speech adjudication: namely, racist speech, pornography, and Holocaust denialism. The third part of the seminar will be devoted to presentations from students, who will be encouraged to present and discuss, in small groups, real-life court cases on the topics that have been previously discussed during the seminar.

Course presentation