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Defining public duties to tackle incitement to hatred whilst respecting free expression: reviewing the legal & policy framework

Defining public duties to tackle incitement to hatred whilst respecting free expression:

reviewing the legal & policy framework


A conference hosted by the Equality Coalition in partnership with the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at QUB, to address the ‘threshold’ and ‘intervention’ questions increasingly defined in human rights law as to when public authorities can or must act against speech and cultural expression in order to protect the rights of others.


Friday 13th October 2017 Canada Room, Queens University Belfast

Co-organised by the Equality Coalition

For the Agenda click here-  Agenda-counterring-incitement-to-hatred-conference-Oct-2017

For Briefing Note on the Conference click here – Briefing-note-incitement-to-hatred-conference-Oct2017


The conference will be opened by Equality Coalition Co-Conveners Patricia McKeown, UNISON and Daniel Holder, CAJ and former Justice Minister Claire Sugden MLA. 


PANEL 1: Harms and Impacts of Hate Expression:

Chair Patricia McKeown, participants: Gavin Boyd, the Rainbow Project; Ellen  Murray, Sail; Ola Sobieraj, Stronger Together Network; Anna Lo, former MLA and Director of Chinese Welfare Association; Dessie Donnelly, Participation and Practice of Rights; Dr Rachel Killean, School of Law, QUB.

Morning Plenary Presentations and Q&A: 

·         Dr Robbie McVeigh – independent researcher: Equality Coalition research report ‘Incitement to Hatred in Northern Ireland’;

·       Judit Geller, Senior Lawyer, European Roma Rights Centre: anti-Roma parading and police intervention – the case law of the European Court of Human Rights;

·         Jeremy McBride, Barrister, Monckton Chambers, London and External Expert, ECRI: ECRI (European Commission against Racism and Intolerance) General Policy Recommendation 15 on Combating Hate Speech;

·         Prof Jon-Mirena Landa, Director of the Chair of Human Rights and Public Authorities, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU: Incitement to hatred in Spain: the risk of political censorship;


Afternoon Panel of public authorities, including  PSNI, Department of Justice and Paul Giannasi, Head of the Cross-Government Hate Crime Programme, GB Department for Communities and Local Government


Followed by the following parallel workshops (see briefing note for further details):

1.      A Fresh Start for Parades, Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition – factoring in countering hate expression and the rights of others?

2.      Countering Incitement to hatred on grounds of gender: a missing category

3.      Free religious expression & countering homophobia, drawing the line

4.      Public authorities duties to tackle discriminatory expression


And a final closing panel.


To book a place contact Emma Patterson on – Please highlight any dietry/access requirements.

There is no charge for attendance.

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