Instructor(s): Mark Tushnet

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7109H.

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables

Note: Students may enroll in an intensive course that conflicts with a regular course as an exception to the general rule that students may not take courses which conflict on the timetable. Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course and takes precedence over regular courses.

This short course is designed for students who have some basic familiarity with general principles of free expression. It examines a series of topics as they are dealt with in different constitutional systems, with the aim of understanding underlying free expression principles and reasons for differences in the topics treatment in different nations. Topics to be covered are: sedition and problems of social disorder; demonstrations and the hostile audience; libel and defamation; hate speech, commercial speech; campaign finance regulation, and symbolic speech. The course readings will consist of cases and commentary, as well as a short book, Mark Tushnet Advanced Introduction to Freedom of Expression (2018).

Participants will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 14, 2019.

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


Monday, January 14, 2019: 2:10 - 4:00
Tuesday, January 15, 2019: 8:50 - 10:20
Wednesday, January 16, 2019: 10:30 - 12:20
Thursday, January 17, 2019: 2:10 - 4:00
Friday, January 18, 2019: 10:30 - 12:20
Monday, January 21, 2019: 10:30 - 12:20
Tuesday, January 22, 2019: 10:30 - 12:20
Wednesday, January 23, 2019: 2:30 - 4:00