MOOC FOE1x | 2.1.1 Introduction and Overview | International Norms on Freedom of Expression

MOOC FOE1x | 2.1.1 Introduction and Overview | International Norms on Freedom of Expression

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– Welcome. This week we will focus on
the international system of protection for freedom of expression. By system, I mean the legal standard and the mechanisms of
enforcement of those standard. We will review four well-developed and effective such system: the international protection
of freedom of expression established by and
through the United Nation; the European system of protection, including Article 10
of the Open Convention for Human Rights and the Open Court; the Inter-American system of protection, including Article 13 of the
Inter-American Convention and the Inter-American Court; and finally the African
system, including Article Nine of the African Charter for
Peoples and Human Rights, and different enforcement
mechanism it has established. We will also very quickly
highlight some of the baby steps taken by the rest of the world,
Asia, and the Middle East towards regional accountability
for the protection of human rights, including
freedom of expression. This week we will also
consider a national system of protection, that of the United States, because of the normative influence of the First Amendment
far beyond its borders. We will highlight the many commonalities between the various regional
and international approaches to the freedom of expression
and its protection, contributing all together
to founding global norms and a global system of protection for these fundamental human rights. Welcome again.

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