FREEDOM OF SPEECH: CRITICAL & COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES
2016/2017, Semester 1
Modular Credits: LL4190V ( 5 ) / LL5190V ( 5 ) / LL6190V ( 5 )
Through examining the jurisprudence in three common law Western liberal democracies of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, this course compares and critiques how the freedom of speech is construed in these jurisdictions. By confronting the complexities of the US First Amendment, the interplay between Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Australian implied constitutional guarantee, one is exposed to different theoretical, practical and often controversial approaches in the protection of free speech. These approaches are also contrasted against the Singapore experience. Cases covered span the spectrum from flag burning to animal crush videos, from the Gay Olympics to appropriation art involving the Barbie Doll, from regulating peaceful participation in terrorist organisations to protecting the privacy of a supermodel.