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Weinstein book on extreme speech and democracy published


March 02, 2009

Extreme Speech and Democracy, a book edited by Professor James Weinstein, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and British barrister Ivan Hare, recently has been published by Oxford University Press.

With a foreword by Ronald Dworkin, and contributions from John Finnis, Robert Post, C. Edwin Baker, Dieter Grimm, and Eric Barendt, among many other prominent authorities, the book considers the legal responses of various liberal democracies toward extreme expression such as incitement to terrorism, homophobic speech, Holocaust denial, veiling controversies and the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. The volume contains contributions from experts in a wide range of disciplines, including law, philosophy, history, psychology and literature.

Christopher McCrudden, Professor of Human Rights Law, University of Oxford, praises the book as "quite simply the most sophisticated, penetrating, and ambitious study of these issues available."

Weinstein's areas of academic interest are Constitutional Law, especially Free Speech. He has written numerous articles in law review symposia on a variety of free-speech topics, including: obscenity doctrine, institutional review boards, commercial speech, database protection, campaign finance reform, the relationship between free speech and other constitutional rights, hate crimes, and campus speech codes.

To read more about the book, click here.

Janie Magruder, Jane.Magruder@asu.edu
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of La