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Should genocide denial be an offence?

The EU is bringing in new law against genocide denial. Deborah Lipstadt, who was sued by David Irving, discusses the new directive and its ramifications.

A new EU directive has made "publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivialising crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes" an offence which is punishable by law. Is such a ban necessary, and, if so, is it workable? Does the proposed EU-wide legislation confuse the role of the judge and the historian and – if so – what are the legal and philosophical implications of its passage into law?

Speakers: Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies Director, Institute for Jewish Studies Emory University and author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier; David Cesarani; Research professor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London and author of Eichmann: His Life and Crimes; Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent and author of Politics of Fear: Beyond Left and Right; Francesca Klug, Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE and author of Values for a Godless Age.


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Date and Time:

16 July 2007 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



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