Free Speech in a Multicultural World

Law, the Internet and Civil Self-regulation of Dissent

11th-12th June 2012

In a culturally pluralistic world society, how can the freedom of expression, academia and art be upheld  through the modern information and communication technologies? On 11th-12th June 2012, this question was discussed at the workshop "Free Speech in a Multicultural World. Law, the Internet and Civil Self-Regulation of Dissent ". Based on the assumption that the guarantee of "free speech" is the foundation for global and cross-cultural cooperation, the workshop questioned the possibilities of civil society's self-control.

The three-panel workshop discussed the following issues:

  • Effectiveness of taboos such as legal restrictions, privacy and ethics on the web
  • Public opinion and the importance of commercial interests
  • The freedom of art

The panels were led by former Federal Constitutional Judge Brun-Otto Bryde, by KWI director and director of KKH/GCR21 Claus Leggewie and the writer Navid Kermani.

Within the framework of the workshop, the Centre also organised the first Käte Hamburger Lecture titled „Can (and should) there be global norms for freedom of expression?” with Timothy Garton Ash.

Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KWI), Essen

Workshop Programm (in German)

Workshop Report (in German)