Global Freedom of Expression

An Initiative of Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger

Our main initiative is the Global Case Law Database, which is a key open access resource for a broad audience of stakeholders working on freedom of expression. It is supported by a network of international experts. It surveys jurisprudence around the world, critically reviews exemplary cases, engages in comparative analysis, and aims to identify national, regional and global trends. Updated weekly, it hosts analyses of more than 1,800 cases from over 130 countries. To reach as many regions as possible, we also have emblematic cases available in Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, and Portuguese. To show how the database works, we developed videos in English (below), Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, and Portuguese featuring high-profile members of the judiciary or an expert on freedom of expression explaining how the database is an important tool that will help users improve their understanding of legal developments globally.

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