The featured speaker at the May 11 event was Lord Justice Laws (Sir John Laws) of the Court of Appeal. Other speakers at the reception, attended by prominent barristers and other lawyers, academics and people from the civil-rights community, included Weinstein, Hare and Michael Smith, a partner at Clifford Chance.
It examines issues such as the marked differences in attitude toward the constitutionality of hate-speech regulation in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and other European countries; whether the traditional U.S. position on extreme expression has justifiably not found favor elsewhere; and whether values such as the commitment to equality or dignity should legitimately override the right to free speech in some circumstances.
Weinstein's areas of academic interest are Constitutional Law, especially Free Speech, as well as Jurisprudence, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure and Legal History. He has written numerous articles in law review symposia on a variety of free-speech topics, including: obscenity doctrine, institutional review boards, commercial speech, database protection, campaign finance reform, the relationship between free speech and other constitutional rights, hate crimes, and campus speech codes.
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