Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12389/20573
Title: Legal instruments for combatting racism on the Internet
Corporate Authors: Swiss Institute of Comparative Law 
Subject Keywords: cyber-hate ; racism and xenophobia ; international law ; hate speech
Key Issues: Hate on the Internet ; Racism and xenophobia
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: COE
Publication Country: France 
Publication Place : Strasbourg
Language: English
Country: Austria 
Germany 
Netherlands 
France 
Belgium 
United Kingdom 
Italy 
Switzerland 
Sweden 
Country Coverage: Austria 
Germany 
Netherlands 
France 
Belgium 
United Kingdom 
Italy 
Switzerland 
Sweden 
URL more information: http://book.coe.int/EN/ficheouvrage.php?PAGEID=36&lang=EN&produit_aliasid=2394
Abstract: Publisher's description: Various national and international legal instruments punish hate speech. However, the specific nature of the Internet calls for the adoption of new strategies to combat hate speech promoting racism and violence, which is widely and swiftly disseminated on the web. As the Internet ignores territories and has no boundaries, states cannot control it effectively by unilateral national regulation; what is needed is increased international co-operation. Efforts to harmonise national legislation - including the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime - have come up against a series of difficulties. One of these is the fact that there is no universally accepted definition of the illegal nature of racist speech, which can be protected by the right to freedom of expression. This book describes the situation in 10 Council of Europe member and observer states and discusses the problems faced and solutions introduced by these countries, as well as by European and international organisations and civil society.
Physical Description: 175 p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12389/20573
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