Global Freedom of Expression

16 October


“Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes” with Professor Richard Ashby Wilson

  • 12:30pm-1:45pm EST
  • Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs - Room 1201
    420 W. 118 St.
    New York

Join us on October 16 at Columbia University to discuss Professor Richard Ashby Wilson’s new book “Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes.” Wilson argues that international and national armed conflicts are usually preceded by a media campaign in which public figures foment ethnic, national, racial or religious hatred, inciting listeners to acts of violence. His his new work evaluates the efforts of international criminal tribunals to hold hate speech inciters criminally responsible.  This is an unsettled area of international criminal law, and prosecutors have often struggled to demonstrate a causal connection between speech acts and subsequent crimes. Based in extensive original research, Wilson proposes an evidence-based risk assessment model for monitoring political speech.

This event is co-sponsored by SIPA Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA)
and Human Rights Studies M.A. student group (HRSMA).