Law 165 - “Don’t say that about me”—Defamation, Invasion of Privacy, and Hate Speech
Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice
B. Phil. Oxford, 1990
D. Phil Oxford, 1993
J.D. Harvard, 1996
This course will examine three forms of objectionable speech about individuals and the legal approach taken to these forms of speech in the U.S.. The course will emphasize the theoretical questions underlying their regulation, focusing on the tensions between the freedom of speech claims speakers may make and the dignitary claims that the subjects of the speech may make. The readings will consist of legal cases from the United States, some legal cases from other jurisdictions that take a different approach, and academic articles from the legal literature and the philosophical literature. We will spend two weeks on each topic. The first session will mainly be devoted to coming to an understanding of the legal cases and doctrine on the subject and the second session will mainly be devoted to a discussion of the deeper theoretical questions underlying these issues and to critiques and defenses of the U.S. approach.