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Hate Speech and the Limits to Freedom of Expression in Social Media

  • How to help victims effectively exercise their rights?

, 26 November 2018 – 27 November 2018

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Social media is being exploited more and more by people who incite hatred and violence based on ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation etc. Such conduct has been identified as hate speech and sanctioned as not protected by freedom of expression.

The objective of this seminar is to explore the definition of hate speech, especially with reference to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The participants will learn, in particular, how to solve jurisdictional issues resulting from the global coverage of what might amount to hate speech on the internet, how States can control the content of websites and possible countermeasures available to the victims of hate speech.

Key topics

  • Definition and regulation of hate speech at European level
  • Effective regulation of hate speech at national level
  • Jurisdiction, enforcement of judgments, liability
  • Protection of the victim’s rights

Who should attend?

Lawyers in private practice, judges, prosecutors and other judicial staff, national civil servants, staff of international organisations, academics and members of NGO/equality bodies working on the relevant topic.
Fees in €:
EU and ERA patrons
Young lawyers and other groups
Discount Voucher Code
before 26 October 2018
after 26 October 2018
More details about the fees and discounts

Early registration discount
10 % before 26.10.2018

Discounts available

25 % - For young lawyers up to 30 years of age (important: the participant must provide a copy or details of his or her passport or identity card on registration); Full-time staff of universities or comparable academic institutions; Staff of charitable organisations or comparable institutions

25 % - Discount Voucher Code
If you have a discount voucher code, please click on the option above and enter the code in the Voucher Field when you register.

40 % - Staff of European Union institutions and agencies;
Staff of ERA’s patrons (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and the German states, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, City of Trier)

40% - Fellows of the European Law Institute

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