Free Speech or Speech Regulation? Determining the Limits of Controversial Speech in Comparative Politics, Philosophy, and Law

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Controversial types of speech, including hate speech and terroristic speech, lack clear and consistent definitions in politics, public discourse, and in law. This panel brings together participants from a variety of disciplinary and geographic backgrounds to discuss what constitutes these types of harmful speech that have often involved people on the margins. We examine comparative perspectives on how such speech has been addressed through legal and regulatory practices, including by private entities. The goal is to better identify what limits—if any—should be placed on freedom of expression in the name of limiting harmful speech, and who ought to be doing the regulating.