This edited collection addresses a number of free speech vs security concerns that are engaged by counter-terrorism law and policy makers across a number of liberal democracies, and explores the delicate balance between free speech and the censoring of views that promote hatred or clash with fundamental democratic values. It does this by looking at the perspectives and level of disagreement between those who consider today’s counter-terrorism and extremism strategies to be a soft and liberal approach, and those who believe these strategies disproportionately impact freedom of expression and association and non-violent political dissent.
The contributors include academics, practicing lawyers, and think-tank analysts who examine whether universities and schools incubators of violent radicalism and debate, and whether the views of ‘extremist’ speakers and hate preachers need to be censored. Outside the UK, critical discussion of the regulation of counter-terrorism, extremism, and free speech in other liberal democracies is also offered.
This book will be of great interest to researchers and practitioners with interests in extremism, terrorism, civil rights, and freedom of speech.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction - Ian Cram. Chapter 2 - Countering terrorism through limits on inciteful speech: Principles and problems - Ian Cram. Chapter 3 - Legal v. Non-Legal Responses to Hateful Expression - Nadine Strossen. Chapter 4 - Counter Terrorism Policies and Freedom of Association – International and Comparative Perspectives - Ash Bhagwat. Chapter 5 - University free speech as a space of exception in Prevent? - Andrew Neal. Chapter 6 - Prevent in Schools after the Trojan Horse Affair - Helen Fenwick and Daniel Fenwick. Chapter 7 - Finding the Right Balance in Counter-Extremism: Debates and Policies in the UK and Europe - Emma Webb. Chapter 8 - Bad Law: How the United States Supreme Court Mishandled the Free Speech Issue in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project - James Weinstein & Ash Bhagwat. Chapter 9 - Free speech and counter terrorism in Australia - Keiran Hardy & George Williams. Chapter 10 - Addressing terrorism in New Zealand’s low threat environment – Andrew Geddis & Elana Geddis
Ian Cram is Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, School of Law, Leeds University. His research interests include freedom of expression and constitutional reform. His previous publications include Terror and the War on Dissent and Citizen Journalists: Newer Media, Republican Moments and the Constitution.