Freedom of Speech

Paperback | April 3, 2007

byEric Barendt

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This is a fully revised and updated new edition of the classic work first published in 1985. There have been many important developments since the first edition, including enactment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada in 1982, the impact of the European Human Rights Convention, andthe consideration by English courts of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. Social and cultural changes mean that free speech claims are being made in novel contexts: to challenge the validity of bans on tobacco advertising, to publish 'kiss and tell' stories about celebrities, and to resist attempts to regulate the Internet. Barendt considers the meaning and scope offreedom of speech. How far do free speech and expression clauses protect pornography, commercial advertising, and public meetings on the streets? Does this freedom cover desecration of a national flag? Does it include nude dancing? Eric Barendt discusses the legal protection of free speech in countries including England, the United States (including recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court), Canada, Germany, and under the European Human Rights Convention. He examines the varied approaches of different legal systemsand constitutional traditions to balancing free speech and freedom of the press against rights to reputation and privacy, and to copyright and explores the case law in light of the philosophical and political arguments for free speech guarantees.

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This is a fully revised and updated new edition of the classic work first published in 1985. There have been many important developments since the first edition, including enactment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada in 1982, the impact of the European Human Rights Convention, andthe consideration by English courts of Judg...

Eric Barendt is Goodman Professor of Media Law at University College London.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:568 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:April 3, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199225818

ISBN - 13:9780199225811

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A Note on AbbreviationsTable of English casesTable of United States casesTable of Canadian casesTable of German casesTable of Decisions of the European Court and Commission of Human RightsCases from other jurisdictionsI. WHY PROTECT FREE SPEECH ?II. FREE SPEECH IN LIBERAL LEGAL SYSTEMSIII. THE SCOPE OF FREEDOM OF SPEECHIV. PRIOR RESTRAINTSV. POLITICAL SPEECHVI. LIBEL AND INVASION OF PRIVACYVII. COPYRIGHT AND OTHER PROPERTY RIGHTSVIII. MEETINGS, PROTEST, AND PUBLIC ORDERIX. FREE SPEECH AND THE JUDICIAL PROCESSX. PORNOGRAPHYXI. COMMERCIAL SPEECHXII. FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THE MEDIAXIII. FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE INTERNETXIV. FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN SPECIAL CONTEXTSSelect bibliographyIndex

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`In a tour de force, Professor Barendt concisely yet comprehensively surveys the important topics and recent developments in the free speech jurisprudence of the western democracies, and does so in an eminently readable style that enhances the book's numerous scholarly insights. If I couldhave only three books on free speech in my collection, this would be one of them.'James Weinstein, Amelia Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law, Arizona State University