Tag Archives: Jeremy Waldron

Dagsavisen

In response to recent groundless and fabricated claims in Norwegian media about the historical origins of Norwegian and international hate speech legislation from the Fritt Ord Foundation’s Director Knut Olav Åmås, I have together with Ervin Kohn of the Norwegian Centre Against Racism (ARS) and The Jewish Community in Oslo (Det Mosaiske Trossamfund) written the following op-ed, […]

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Hate Speech: The Dark Twin Of Free Speech

Freedom of opinion is a farce, unless factual information is guaranteed, and the facts themselves are not in dispute. Hannah Arendt, ‘Truth and politics’, 1966. On October 20 2014, an unemployed fifty-seven year old white Norwegian man entered a supermarket in an Eastern suburb of the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Walking through the supermarket, he […]

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Re-envisioning the history of human rights: Reading Samuel Moyn

There is a deep and undeniable sadness in all this: whenever we see the dawn of an eternal good that will never be overcome by evil – an evil that is itself eternal but will never succeed in overcoming good – whenever we see this dawn, the blood of old people and children is always […]

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Hate speech, the letter and the law

This month has seen the publication of the very first primer on hate speech in my native Norway. Associate Professor Anne Birgitta Nilsen’s (Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway) primer is of particular value in that it addresses hate speech, its social, political and legal implications in a short and succinct form which makes the book’s […]

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