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Published: 08 June 2017

464 Pages


ISBN: 9780190612689

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Atrocity Speech Law

Foundation, Fragmentation, Fruition

Gregory S. Gordon

  • First comprehensive study of the law governing the relationship between hate speech and international crimes coining a new term: "atrocity speech law"
  • Analyzes the entire jurisprudential output related to the crimes of incitement to genocide, persecution as a crime against humanity, instigation, and ordering, and then considers how to strike the proper balance between criminalizing atrocity speech and protecting the liberty of expression
  • Provides historical overview of speech and atrocity, including the Holocaust and Rwandan Genocide, as well as the modern treatment of hate speech in international human rights and domestic law
  • Focuses on international law's doctrinal incoherence and gaps in coverage regarding inflammatory speech, a growing doctrinal rift between the ICTR and ICTY, and the way forward for the ICC
  • Proposes a new mode of criminal liability, speech abetting, and recommends fixing the entire body of law through an innovative "Unified Liability Theory" of atrocity speech law