A comparative study of the right to freedom of thought in the context of emerging technologies, by Bethany Shiner and Patrick O’Callaghan

This blog post is based on a comparative study of the right to freedom of thought co-edited by the authors and published in a double special issue of the European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance. The blog post draws in particular on the introduction to the special issue and the article on the right to freedom of thought in the … Continue reading A comparative study of the right to freedom of thought in the context of emerging technologies, by Bethany Shiner and Patrick O’Callaghan

Social Media, Fundamental Rights and Courts in Europe, by Evangelia Psychogiopoulou and Federica Casarosa

Social media has become the means of communication of our time: it is the means through which online users interact, express their opinions, get information and even find jobs. Social media has been mostly praised for its role in enhancing free speech and the freedom to exchange views and ideas by providing for a forum … Continue reading Social Media, Fundamental Rights and Courts in Europe, by Evangelia Psychogiopoulou and Federica Casarosa

Electoral disinformation and summary judicial proceedings. Is the Polish experience relevant?, by Adam Krzywon

1. The disruptive effect of electoral disinformation The phenomenon of disinformation has become one of the most challenging and preoccupying problems for policy-makers, courts, and legal scholars. Dissemination of false information plays an important role in many elections. That is why various countries have adopted special measures that would limit the disruptive effect of these … Continue reading Electoral disinformation and summary judicial proceedings. Is the Polish experience relevant?, by Adam Krzywon

Lesson from Thailand: When the regulatory response to fake news is misunderstood as a problem of illegal content, by Pattamon Anansaringkarn

Since the US presidential election in 2016, fake news has become a pressing issue on the agenda of governments around the world. As a threshold issue, however, the question must be addressed of whether the state should take steps in regulating fake news and if so, what kind of regulatory regime would be most appropriate. … Continue reading Lesson from Thailand: When the regulatory response to fake news is misunderstood as a problem of illegal content, by Pattamon Anansaringkarn

On the power of Big Tech to shape politics and culture, and its ethical problems

Introduction Fake news on the internet and how to counter it, has been a frequently debated subject in the past years. Most governments’ strategies involve cooperation with social media platforms to stop fake news and disinformation. It is not always clear what this cooperation entails, given that the specific algorithms that social media platforms use … Continue reading On the power of Big Tech to shape politics and culture, and its ethical problems

Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens

Since the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak in 2020, States have adopted stringent measures to curb the virus’s propagation. These measures include limitations of freedom of religion. On request of Governments, churches, mosques and synagogues ceased to hold ceremonies or limited the number of believers allowed. While the judicial procedures raised by the British Government’s guidance were rejected, the … Continue reading Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens

The Regulation of Hate Speech Online and its Enforcement in a Comparative Perspective

Call for Papers for the British Association of Comparative Law’s Annual Seminar Regulators around the world are grappling with the problem of hate speech online. Definitions of hate speech, the appropriate balance between regulation and freedom of expression, and the mode of regulation adopted, vary considerably across jurisdictions with distinct media and socio-political environments. The … Continue reading The Regulation of Hate Speech Online and its Enforcement in a Comparative Perspective

CALL FOR BLOG POSTS – REGULATION OF FAKE NEWS AND ITS ENFORCEMENT

The British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) invites submissions for its blog on the theme “The regulation of fake news and its enforcement” (click here for BACL blog). Fake news has been brought to prominent attention with recent election campaigns such as the presidential electoral campaign in the USA in 2016 and again in 2020, … Continue reading CALL FOR BLOG POSTS – REGULATION OF FAKE NEWS AND ITS ENFORCEMENT

Engagement Between Legal Orders in the Context of Socio-Economic Rights

Introductory Remarks The protection of socio-economic rights has been lagging behind the protection of civil and political rights at both the national and international levels for many years. This paradox has not been fully resolved yet, despite the relevance of socio-economic rights to the world today. Against this background, my research focuses on socio-economic rights, … Continue reading Engagement Between Legal Orders in the Context of Socio-Economic Rights

Far from unprecedented? The rationing of healthcare in Italy and the UK during the Covid-19 emergency: a human rights analysis

‘In each case a choice has to be made and, in making it, it is necessary to consider the needs of more than one person.’ UCL Hospitals NHS FT v MB (Rev 1) (2020) EWHC (QB) 882 There is little new to be seen within the current pandemic crisis across Europe: various human tragedies continue … Continue reading Far from unprecedented? The rationing of healthcare in Italy and the UK during the Covid-19 emergency: a human rights analysis