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Are restrictions on extreme speech such as incitement to racial and religious hatred, glorification of terrorism and holocaust denial compatible with free speech in a democratic society?  This is the question that an international and interdisciplinary panel of experts explored in this one-and-a-half day conference organised by the Centre in association with the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Generously sponsored by Clifford Chance LLP and the British Academy.

Speakers and Chairs included: Professor Eric Barendt (University College, London); The Rt. Hon Mr Justice Beatson FBA (Royal Courts of Justice); David Bodney (Steptoe, Johnson); Tufyal Choudhury (University of Durham); Ian Cram (University of Leeds); David Edgar (Playwright, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature); The Rt. Hon Mr Justice Elias (Royal Courts of Justice); Associate Professor Carolyn Evans (University of Melbourne); Professor David Feldman FBA (University of Cambridge); Professor Christopher Forsyth (University of Cambridge); Professor David Fraser (University of Nottingham); Lord Goldsmith QC (Attorney General); Professor Dr Dieter Grimm (Humboldt University of Berlin); Ivan Hare (Blackstone Chambers); Dr Eric Heinze (Queen Mary and Westfield College, London); Professor Ian Leigh (University of Durham); Maleiha Malik (King's College, London); Professor Dominic McGoldrick (University of Liverpool); Dr Peter Molnar (Central European University); The Baroness Perry of Southwark (House of Lords); Professor Gavin Phillipson (University of Durham); Professor Robert Post (Yale University); Jacob Rowbottom (University of Cambridge); Joshua Rozenberg (Telegraph Media Group); Dr Sara Savage (University of Cambridge); Lord Justice Stephen Sedley (Royal Courts of Justice); Michael Smyth (Clifford Chance LLP); Professor James Weinstein (Arizona State University); Michael Whine (Board of Deputies of British Jews); Professor Sir David Williams QC (University of Cambridge).   

The papers delivered at the conference are currently being collated for publication.  Further details of the final book, to be published by OUP, will be posted in due course.