Hate-speech laws: Consistency with national and international human rights law

Dominic McGoldrick, Therese O'Donnell

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Racism has climbed the political agenda at national, European and international
levels.’ Reports from national and international non-governmental organisations
(NGO’s) and inter-governmental organisations have focused considerable attention on racism and xenophobia and document an increase in racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and race-related activities.* As racism has climbed the political agendas, so there has been a substantial increase in the number of national, European and international legal instruments devoted to it.3 In particular, race-related restrictions on freedom of expression (‘hate-speech’) are increasing and seem likely to continue to do so.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453 - 485
Number of pages32
JournalLegal Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998


  • human rights
  • international law
  • hate speech

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