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When Speech Turns Criminal: Incitement on Trial

January 24, 2018

Freedom Project's Wintersession 2018 focused on freedom of speech and its limits, and presented prominent lecturers from both within Wellesley College and other academic institutions. One of them was Richard Ashby Wilson, professor of Anthropology and Law at the University of Connecticut.

International and national armed conflicts are usually preceded by a media campaign in which public figures foment ethnic, national, racial or religious hatred, and incite listeners to acts of violence. This lecture evaluates the efforts of international criminal tribunals to hold inciters criminally responsible and explains why this has proved so difficult.