Global Freedom of Expression

Special Collection of the Case Law on Freedom of Expression

The Global Freedom of Expression Special Collection of the case law on freedom of expression is a series of publications, which aims to provide a global outlook of some of the most significant legal decisions adopted by national and international tribunals on relevant topics regarding freedom of expression. The collection is based on judgments incorporated into the Global Freedom of Expression Case Law Database. Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, an initiative of Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, seeks to contribute to the development of an integrated and progressive jurisprudence and to advance understanding of the norms and institutions that best protect the free flow of information and expression.

 

Special Collection on the Case Law on Freedom of Expression: Introducing the Collection

The first three publications showcase the case law of the regional human rights tribunals. Indeed, in these publications, the readership will find systematized summaries of decisions on freedom of expression of the Inter-American System of Human Rights, the African System of Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. The remaining documents focus on case law from courts and other non-judicial actors regarding some of today’s most challenging or emblematic freedom of expression issues. The topics have been selected as a result of global and regional trends identified by the experts of the Columbia Global Freedom of Expression initiative. In the collection, the reader will find, on the one hand, the systematization of decisions on classic tensions that continue to raise complex problems for judicial operators, such as the tension between the right to privacy and freedom of expression. On the other hand, the collection seeks to systematize the most emblematic cases on issues that present new challenges for judicial and extrajudicial operators, such as online content moderation.

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Special Collection on the Case Law on Freedom of Expression: Inter-American System of Human Rights

This publication aims to provide an overview of the case law on freedom of expression in the Inter-American System of Human Rights by creating an access tool for anyone interested in consulting the case law. In this paper, the reader will be able to find a general introduction of the structure of the regional system and a systematized description of all the decisions to date of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding freedom of expression, as well as the most relevant cases decided by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights that did not reach the Court. This paper provides a topical classification of the Inter-American case law on freedom of expression, highlighting the main issues being discussed in the region. The complete analysis of the systematized cases can be found in the Columbia Global Freedom of Expression database in English, accessible directly through this publication. We hope that the collection provides judges, lawyers, academics, civil society, and all key actors with a useful tool for the defense of freedom of expression around the world.

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Special Collection on the Case Law on Freedom of Expression: African System of Human and Peoples´ Rights

The current publication provides an overview of the valuable case law developed in the African System of Human and Peoples’ Rights regarding freedom of expression. The paper commences with a brief explanation of the African System of Human and Peoples’ Rights and a concise reference to how the AfCHPR and the ACHPR engage with other decisions of national and International Courts. Finally, the document encompasses both the case law of the African Commission and the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights. The summary of the decisions are classified under different themes within freedom of expression to make consultations friendly to all the public. The complete analysis of each case can be found in the Columbia Global Freedom of Expression database in English. The main purpose of the publication is to serve as a tool for everyone working for the defense of freedom of expression by facilitating the access to the cases of the African System of Human and Peoples’ Rights that foster the debate around this fundamental right in the region. We invite readers to use this paper as a tool to access the database and benefit from the analysis therein.

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Special Collection on the Case Law on Freedom of Expression: Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights

During the last four decades, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has developed a nurtured case law on freedom of expression. This publication aims to provide an overview of said case law and create a research tool for anyone working for the defense of freedom of expression. The paper commences with a brief explanation of the European Court of Human Rights and concisely references how its jurisprudence engages with the decisions of other national and international Courts. Finally, the document presents the summary of decisions reached by the Grand Chamber, classified under different themes within freedom of expression to make consultations friendly to all the public. The complete analysis of each case can be found in the Columbia Global Freedom of Expression database in English. The main purpose of the publication is to serve as a tool for everyone working for the defense of freedom of expression by facilitating access to the cases of the European System of Human Rights.  It is our hope that this paper will be useful for anyone working in the field of freedom of expression.

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