FREE SPEECH IN THE 21ST CENTURY
JULY 3-4 / VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Free speech is one of the essential democratic rights, and one of the most controversial. Whether it is Donald Trump’s Twitter account, Larry Flynt’s pornographic magazine, protests, the financing of an election campaign, or hate speech directed at migrants or minorities, free speech incidents attract intense attention and regularly provoke debate.
The limits to our freedom of expression are changing. The forthcoming Free Speech in the 21st Century global conference will feature unique exploration into crucial freedom of speech issues. It will gather together the biggest names in constitutional law to debate the future of the human right that is so important to democratic society.
You are invited to attend and participate!
Mark Tushnet of Harvard, Jacob Rowbottom of Oxford, and David Erdos of Cambridge, among others, will evaluate how the matter of free speech is currently understood, and its future.
András Sajó, a member of Facebook’s Oversight Board and a former European Court of Human Rights vice-president, will elaborate on the changing limits of freedom of expression. Jurij Toplak of Alma Mater Europaea and a Visiting Professor at Fordham Law will moderate the event.
The conference is organized by Alma Mater Europaea international university and the IACL, the leading global association of constitutional scholars. It will be the inaugural meeting of the IACL’s Freedom of Speech research group.
There is no registration fee. You are welcome to register HERE and to ask your questions or participate in discussions at one of the most exciting freedom of expression events.
Harvard Law School
Mark Tushnet is a leading scholar of constitutional law and legal history, and currently the William Nelson Cromwell in the 1930s.... Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His research includes studies examining (skeptically) the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal and particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States and (currently) a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court
Alma Mater Europaea
Jurij Toplak is a University Professor of law at Alma Mater Europaea international university and the University of Maribor..., Slovenia, and a Visiting Professor at Fordham University School of Law, New York. He gave guest lectures or researched at Harvard, Georgetown, Oxford, Central European University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA Law School (2003-04). His expert opinion appeared in The Guardian and The Boston Globe. Jurij gave expert advice to governments and international organizations in the United States, Canada, Finland, France, Belgium, Uganda, Latvia, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Monaco, and Malta. His book Political Finance and Corruption in Eastern Europe (co-edited with Daniel Smilov) was extensively cited. Jurij has served as a co-convenor of the IACL Free Speech research group since 2018.
CEU, the Facebook Oversight Board
András Sajó is the founding dean of Legal Studies at the Central European University, a member of the Facebook's Oversight Board,... and former judge and vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights. He is widely considered as one of the Europe's leading constitutional and human rights scholars. Sajó taught extensively in the US (Harvard, NYU, University of Chicago, Cardozo Law School, Brigham Young). In Hungary, he founded the League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, served as a legal counsel for the first freely elected President. He participated as expert in constitution-drafting in four countries.
University of Hong Kong
Janny Leung is Professor of English, Programme Director of Law and Literary Studies, and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts.... Her research interest lies in the emergent interdisciplinary area of language and law. She has written about challenges, ideologies, paradoxes, multilingual legal practice, legal interpretation, unrepresented litigation, courtroom discourse, legal translation, and representations of law in the media. Her latest government-funded project deals with the evolution of law in the modern communication environment. In 2017, she was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Association of Forensic Linguists..
Olivier Sylvain is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. His scholarship examines communications law, artificial intelligence... in communications technologies, social media liability under the civil rights laws, broadband internet governance, and data protection. He is a principal investigator in an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation grant project that is prototyping a community-administered computing network in West Harlem. Before entering academia, Olivier was a Karpatkin Fellow in the National Legal Office of the ACLU in New York City and a litigation associate at Jenner & Block, LLC.
FRIDAY, JULY 3
8am London, 9am CET, 5pm Tokyo, 6pm Sydney
PANEL: WHEN SPEECH IS A CRIME
- Janny Leung, University of Hong Kong: Entextualization and Criminality in Digital Speech (live)
- Pierre De Vos, University of Cape Town: Hate Speech in a Divided Society: the “Sexual Orientation” Hate Speech (live)
- Djordje Gardašević, University of Zagreb: Use of Historical Symbols and Hate Speech in Croatia (live)
9am London, 10am CET, 5pm Tokyo, 6pm Sydney
PANEL: FREE SPEECH AND COVID-19
- Elisa Bertolini, Bocconi University Milano: Freedom of expression and coronavirus denial (live)
- Itsuko Yamaguchi, University of Tokyo: Encoding Fairness and Checking Value in Digital Free Speech Theory: Democratizing Global Data Governance amid the COVID-19 Crisis (live)
10am London, 11am CET, 6pm Tokyo, 7pm Sydney
PANEL: The Changing Limits of the Freedom of Expression
- David Erdos, Cambridge University: The General Data Protection Regulation and the New Online Publication (live)
- German Teruel, University of Murcia: The crime of historical denialism as a limit to the freedom of expression: a European glance (live)
- Klemen Jaklic, Constitutional Court of Slovenia: The Free Formation of Political Will and the Responsibikity of Judiciary in the Cyber Age (live)
- Corrado Caruso, University of Bologna: De-humanizing Freedom of Speech: Fake News in the Algorithmic Society (live)
11:30am London, 12:30 CET, 7:30pm Tokyo, 8:30pm Sydney
PANEL: THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
- Richard Calland, University of Cape Town: Transparency and International Development Finance: Trends & Priorities in Information Disclosure Regimes at MDBs and IFIs (live)
- Michael Riegner, Humboldt University Berlin (live)
- Marina Caporale, University of Bologna: Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and Administrative Transparency in Italy (live)
Break: 12:30 – 1pm London
1:30pm-2pm CET, 8:30pm-9pm Tokyo, 9:30pm-10pm Sydney
1pm London, 2pm CET, 8am EST
Opening Session and the Opening Speech
- Adrienne Stone, the President of the IACL: A Welcome Address (prerecorded)
- Rajko Knez, the President of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia: A Welcome Address (prerecorded)
- The Opening Speech: András Sajó, the founding dean of the CEU Legal Studies, the Facebook Oversight Board, former ECHR judge: The Paradigm Change in Free Speech (live)
- Michael Pinto-Duschinsky: Free Speech and Elections in the 21st Century (live)
2:15pm London, 3:15pm CET, 9:15am EST
ROUNDTABLE: SOCIAL NETWORKS AND THE FUTURE OF FREE SPEECH (LIVE)
- Jacob Rowbottom, Oxford University
- Olivier Sylvain, Fordham University
- Boštjan M. Zupančič, former ECHR judge
3pm London, 4pm CET, 10am EST
- Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School: Free Speech and the Risk of Harm: How New Are Today’s Challenges? (live)
- Q & A
3:45pm London, 4:45pm CET, 10:45 EST
PANEL: THE FUTURE OF FREE SPEECH
- Gavin Phillipson, Bristol University: Regulating the New Public Sphere: or not? European and US approaches compared (live)
- Neil Richards, Washington University in St. Louis; The Future First Amendment (live)
- RonNell Andersen Jones, University of Utah College of Law, and Sonja R. West, University of Georgia School of Law: The United States Supreme Court and The Press: An Empirical Study (live)
5pm London, 6pm CET, Noon EST
PANEL: FREE SPEECH AND THE ONLINE WORLD
- Mark Rush, Washington & Lee University: The Looming Paradigm Crisis in Free Speech Law: The Impact of Technology and Social Media (live)
- David Schultz, Hamline University: Free Speech and the Metaphor of the Marketplace of Ideas in the 21st Century (live)
- Dwight Newman, University of Saskatchewan: Campus Free Speech (live)
SATURDAY, JULY 4
8am London, 9am CET, 5pm Tokyo, 6pm Sydney
PANEL: DATA PROTECTION AND PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL ERA
- Aysen Çilenti Konuralp, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law: Conflict of Free Speech and Right to be Forgotten (prerecorded)
- Daniela Messina, University of Naples “Parthenope”: Memory and Protection of Personal Identity in the Artificial Intelligence Era (prerecorded)
- Orhan Emre Konuralp, Bilkent University, Turkey: Is Turkish Procedural Law Against Technology? (live)
9am London, 10am CET, 3pm Bangkok
PANEL: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AROUND THE WORLD
- Max Steuer, Social Scientific Expertise in Slovak Courts: The Struggle Against ‘Hate Speech’ by the Far Right (prerecorded)
- Alberto Nicotina, University of Antwerp: Freedom of speech and public participation in decision-making: the “debat public” paradigm in France and Italy (prerecorded)
- Rawin Leelapatana, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand: Freedom of Expression in the State of Exception: The Case of Thailand’s Partisan Politics (live)
- Nge Nge Aung, University of Debrecen: One of the Guarantees Guaranteed by the Constitution: Freedom of Speech in Hungary (live)
9:45am London, 10:45am CET, 5:45pm Tokyo, 6:45pm
PANEL: Freedom of Expression around the World
- Penelope Petsini & Dimitris Christopoulos, Panteion University: Dixit quod nunquam vidit hereticos: The Greek paradigm of Censorship (live)
- Kinga Kálmán & Boldizsár Szentgáli-Tóth, Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Restricted free speech of municipal employees: could it be constitutional? (live)
- Pedro José Martínez Esponda, The Graduate Institute Geneva: No, I’m right! A Comparative Analysis of Narrative-Building in the Relationship between Freedom of Expression and Religious Freedom (live)
3pm London, 4pm CET, 10am EST
PANEL: ONLINE SPEECH, HATE SPEECH AND THE SATIRE
- Marcin Górski, University of Lodz: The truth is out there. Internet profiling as a challenge to a passive aspect of freedom of expression (live)
- Oreste Pollicino, Bocconi University Milano: Metaphors, judicial frames and fundamental rights in cyberspace (live)
- Ivana Marković, University of Belgrade: The Legal Fragility of Satire (live)
4pm London, 5pm CET, 11am EST
PANEL: Free Speech and the university
- Adja Mbengue, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University: Freedom of Speech in French University (live)
- Tamás Pongó, University of Szeged: Is it (un)constitutional? – What are the limits of students’ free speech when it comes to (cyber)bullying? (live)
4:45pm London, 5:45pm CET, 11:45 am EST
CLOSING OF THE “FREE SPEECH IN THE 21ST CENTURY” CONFERENCE
About Alma Mater Europaea
Alma Mater Europaea is an international university based in the Austrian city of Salzburg, with campuses in Slovenia and several other countries. It was founded by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a society of around 2000 prominent scholars, including 32 Nobel laureates.
International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) is an international scholarly association, devoted to the advancement of constitutional law. It provides a forum in which constitutionalists from all parts of the world can research each other’s systems, reflect on their own, and engage in fruitful comparison.
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Online registration for “Free Speech in the 21st Century” is now open!
Conference admission is free of charge and we very much hope that you are interested to participate. The registration to the conference is mandatory to be enabled to attend the virtual sessions.