Protecting the Right to Freedom of Expression in a Complex World: International and Regional Challenges

Thursday June 7, 2012
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC
Room 603



Freedom of expression has become one of the most fundamental rights in the international human rights discourse. At the same time, it has developed into one of the most difficult to protect in the complex world in which we live. Even if agreement exists as to the core values that freedom of expression embraces, the scope of protection of the diverse aspects of this right seems to remain under debate in light of the political, cultural and religious challenges presented in the different regions of the world. Experts representing the regional and universal human rights systems will explore those challenges and discuss the responses adopted to address the issues presented by the international protection of the right to freedom of expression in the international sphere.   

Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, OAS

Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions

Frank LaRue*, UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Expression
Jeroen Temperman, Professor of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Moderator: Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law


Presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law




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