Anti-Vilification & Hate Speech Law in Australia and New Zealand

07/7/2021 11:30 am 07/7/2021 12:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Anti-Vilification & Hate Speech Law in Australia and New Zealand

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Although anti-vilification laws exist in most democracies, they remain controversial. Do these laws illegitimately restrict free speech? What purposes do they serve, and what harms do they target? Do they appropriately balance competing interests?

In Australia, vilification laws in Victoria, New South Wales and the Commonwealth have been reviewed by parliamentary committees in the last four years. In New Zealand, changes to vilification laws are proposed in response to recent hate crimes.

This panel discussion brings together vilification law experts from Australia and New Zealand to discuss these complex and important issues.

A collaboration between the Castan Centre and the University of Auckland Centre for Human Rights Law, this panel will provide an update on recent developments in these two jurisdictions, and provide a framework for understanding the nature and purpose of anti-vilification laws.


Moderators

  • Professor Paul Rishworth, University of Auckland
  • Liam Elphick, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash Law

Speakers

  • Dr Eddie Clark, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
    Senior Lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, with research interests in public and administrative law.
  • Bill Swannie, Lecturer, Victoria University
    Lecturer in the College of Law and Justice, Victoria University, where he teaches and researches in media law and human rights law.

Discussants

  • Professor Simon Rice, University of Sydney
    Kim Santow Chair of Law and Social Justice at the University of Sydney Law School, with expertise in equality and anti-discrimination law.
  • Professor Ursula Cheer, Dean of Law, University of Canterbury
    Dean of University of Canterbury School of Law and a prominent author and scholar in media law and freedom of expression.

This webinar is a partnership of:

Event partner logos: Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and The University of Auckland Law School

Event Details

Date:
7 July 2021 at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom

Description

To watch this past event, click play on the video below:

Although anti-vilification laws exist in most democracies, they remain controversial. Do these laws illegitimately restrict free speech? What purposes do they serve, and what harms do they target? Do they appropriately balance competing interests?

In Australia, vilification laws in Victoria, New South Wales and the Commonwealth have been reviewed by parliamentary committees in the last four years. In New Zealand, changes to vilification laws are proposed in response to recent hate crimes.

This panel discussion brings together vilification law experts from Australia and New Zealand to discuss these complex and important issues.

A collaboration between the Castan Centre and the University of Auckland Centre for Human Rights Law, this panel will provide an update on recent developments in these two jurisdictions, and provide a framework for understanding the nature and purpose of anti-vilification laws.


Moderators

  • Professor Paul Rishworth, University of Auckland
  • Liam Elphick, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash Law

Speakers

  • Dr Eddie Clark, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
    Senior Lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, with research interests in public and administrative law.
  • Bill Swannie, Lecturer, Victoria University
    Lecturer in the College of Law and Justice, Victoria University, where he teaches and researches in media law and human rights law.

Discussants

  • Professor Simon Rice, University of Sydney
    Kim Santow Chair of Law and Social Justice at the University of Sydney Law School, with expertise in equality and anti-discrimination law.
  • Professor Ursula Cheer, Dean of Law, University of Canterbury
    Dean of University of Canterbury School of Law and a prominent author and scholar in media law and freedom of expression.

This webinar is a partnership of:

Event partner logos: Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and The University of Auckland Law School


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