Global Freedom of Expression

An initiative of Columbia University under the Office of the President

Our main initiative is the Global Case Law Database, which is an 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. Versions of the database are also 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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Political Expression, Facebook Community Standards, Violence And Criminal Behavior, ​​Violence and Incitement

Oversight Board Case of Cambodian Prime Minister


Facebook, Government or State Speech, Head of State / Government, Incitement, Meta Newsworthiness allowance, Oversight Board Content Policy Recommendation, Oversight Board Enforcement Recommendation, Oversight Board Transparency Recommendation, Political speech, Public Figures, Public Interest, Public safety, Rights of Others, Social Media, Threatening Statements