Contested words: Legal restrictions on freedom of speech in liberal democracies

Gelber, Katharine (2007) Contested words: Legal restrictions on freedom of speech in liberal democracies. Melbourne University Law Review, 31 1: 315-319.

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Author Gelber, Katharine
Title Contested words: Legal restrictions on freedom of speech in liberal democracies
Journal name Melbourne University Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-8938
Publication date 2007
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Volume 31
Issue 1
Start page 315
End page 319
Total pages 5
Place of publication University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Melbourne University Law Review Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
INTRODUCTION
This book provides a comparative constitutional perspective on some current
hot topics in speech regulation, including hate speech, commercial speech and
electoral speech, and examines them from an analytical framework of political
philosophy. Central elements of libertarianism, communitarianism and civic
republicanism, insofar as they are relevant to the theme of speech regulation, are
outlined early on; and form a set of central considerations which are revisited
throughout the book as specific cases and examples are discussed. Thus, the
decisions of courts in, for example, the regulation of electoral broadcasting, are
considered within the framework of values upheld in electoral regulations and
the broader purposes these values might serve from the perspective of philosophical
considerations about why speech is important and deserving of protection.
This makes the book interesting and contributes elements that often do not
feature in other literature which contains a similarly close consideration of
individual judgments.
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Additional Notes BOOK REVIEW: Contested Words: Legal Restrictions on Freedom of Speech in Liberal Democracies by Ian Cram (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2006) pages 1–233. Price US$99.95 (hardcover). ISBN 0 7546 2365 3.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
 
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