Contributions by ‘Adrienne Stone’

Viewpoint Discrimination, Hate Speech Laws, and the Double-Sided Nature of Freedom of Speech

I found three features of this debate especially eye-catching. The first is Weinstein’s reliance on the concept of viewpoint discrimination. As a comparativist of freedom of speech, it is always striking to see an aspect of First Amendment law invoked as a core principle of freedom of speech, given that in its aversion to viewpoint discrimination (like much else) First Amendment law is highly unusual. In other countries – like Canada and Australia – viewpoint discrimination is relevant to the determining the law’s validity but does not carry anything like the weight it does in First Amendment law.

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