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Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression
Comparative, Theoretical and Historical Reflections after the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

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Eric Barendt, András Koltay, Jeroen Temperman, Guilhem Gil, Neville Cox, Ian Cram, Mark Hill QC, Russell Sandberg, Peter Cumper, Robert Kahn, John Knechtle,Tom Lewis, Tuomas Äystö, Cristiana Cianitto, Matthias Cornils, Effie Fokas, Joanna Kulesza, Jan Kulesza, Lars Grassmé Binderup, Eva Maria Lassen, Tarlach McGonagle, Richard Moon, Helen Pringle, Russell Weaver, Helge Årsheim, Ivan Hare, Erica Howard, Esther Janssen, Marc Limon, Nazila Ghanea, Hilary Power, Andrew Hambler, Brett Scharffs
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  • Publication planned for: December 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108416917

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  • The tension between blasphemy laws and the freedom of expression in modern times is a key area of debate within legal academia and beyond. With contributions by leading scholars, this volume compares blasphemy laws within a number of Western liberal democracies and debates the legitimacy of these laws in the twenty-first century. Including comprehensive and up-to-date comparative country studies, this book considers the formulation of blasphemy bans, relevant jurisprudential interpretations, the effect on society, and the ensuing convictions and penalties where applicable. It provides a useful historical analysis by discussing the legal-political rationales behind the recent abolition of blasphemy laws in some Western states. Contributors also consider the challenges to the tenability of blasphemy laws in a selection of well-balanced theoretical chapters. This book is essential reading for scholars working within the fields of human rights law, philosophy and sociology of religion, and comparative politics.

    • Considers a range of multi-disciplinary perspectives in exploring the history and current relevancy of blasphemy laws
    • Contains comparative country studies which outline the reasons behind the abolition of blasphemy laws in certain states and where they are active or dormant elsewhere
    • Includes an important doctrinal debate on the legitimacy of blasphemy laws
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    • Publication planned for: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108416917
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Eric Barendt
    Introduction András Koltay and Jeroen Temperman
    Part I. The Case of Charlie Hebdo:
    1. Blasphemy in French law: from the Chevalier de la Barre to Charlie Hebdo Guilhem Gil
    2. Blasphemy and defamation of religion following Charlie Hebdo Neville Cox
    Part II. The Right to Blashpheme:
    3. Blasphemy, the public sphere and democratic self-government Ian Cram
    4. The right to blaspheme Mark Hill QC and Russell Sandberg
    Part III. On Western Legal Discourse against Blasphemy Laws:
    5. Blasphemy, freedom of expression and the protection of religious sensibilities in twenty-first-century Europe Peter Cumper
    6. Rethinking blasphemy and anti-blasphemy laws Robert Kahn
    7. Blasphemy, defamation of religion and religious hate speech: is there a difference that makes a difference? John Knechtle
    8. The freedom and restriction of blasphemy: theoretical perspectives András Koltay
    Part IV. European Court of Human Rights and Blasphemy:
    9. At the deep end of the pool: religious offence, debate-speech and the margin of appreciation before the European Court of Human Rights Tom Lewis
    10. 'Mother of God, drive Putin away': on blasphemy and activist art in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights Jeroen Temperman
    Part V. Active Blasphemy/Religious Defamation Laws:
    11. Religious insult and blasphemy in contemporary Finland Tuomas Äystö
    12. The blasphemy offence in the Italian legal system Cristiana Cianitto
    13. Legal protection of religion in Germany Matthias Cornils
    14. God's advocates: the multiple fronts of the war on blasphemy in Greece Effie Fokas
    15. Blasphemy law in Poland Joanna Kulesza and Jan Kulesza
    Part VI. Dormant Blasphemy Laws:
    16. The blasphemy ban in Denmark Lars Grassmé Binderup and Eva Maria Lassen
    17. A draft obituary for the offence of blasphemy in Ireland Tarlach McGonagle
    18. Religion and hate speech in Canada: the difficulty in separating attacks on beliefs from attacks on believers Richard Moon
    19. Blasphemy in Australia: the rags and remnants of persecution? Helen Pringle
    20. Blasphemy prohibitions and prosecutions: a US perspective Russell Weaver
    Part VII. Recently Abrogated Blasphemy Laws:
    21. Giving up the ghost: on the decline and fall of Norwegian anti-blasphemy legislation Helge Årsheim
    22. The theory and practice of blasphemy in the common law: slaying the seven-headed beast Ivan Hare
    23. Freedom of expression, blasphemy and religious hatred: a view from the UK Erica Howard
    24. The rise and fall of the offence of blasphemy in the Netherlands Esther Janssen
    Part VIII. The Future of Blasphemy Laws?:
    25. Freedom of expression and religions, the United Nations, and the '16/18 process' Marc Limon, Nazila Ghanea and Hilary Power
    26. Blasphemy, religious rights and harassment: a workplace study Andrew Hambler
    27. Towards an understanding of accelerants and decelerants: a non-juriscentric approach to offensive or hateful speech concerning religion Brett Scharffs.

  • Editors

    Jeroen Temperman, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
    Jeroen Temperman is Professor of Public International Law and Religion, and Deputy Head of the Department of International and European Union Law at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

    András Koltay, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest
    András Koltay is Associate Professor at Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law in Budapest, Hungary.

    Contributors

    Eric Barendt, András Koltay, Jeroen Temperman, Guilhem Gil, Neville Cox, Ian Cram, Mark Hill QC, Russell Sandberg, Peter Cumper, Robert Kahn, John Knechtle,Tom Lewis, Tuomas Äystö, Cristiana Cianitto, Matthias Cornils, Effie Fokas, Joanna Kulesza, Jan Kulesza, Lars Grassmé Binderup, Eva Maria Lassen, Tarlach McGonagle, Richard Moon, Helen Pringle, Russell Weaver, Helge Årsheim, Ivan Hare, Erica Howard, Esther Janssen, Marc Limon, Nazila Ghanea, Hilary Power, Andrew Hambler, Brett Scharffs

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