Law 165 - “Don’t say that about me”—Defamation, Invasion of Privacy, and Hate Speech

Seana Shiffrin

Seana Shiffrin

Professor of Philosophy
Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice
B.A. UC Berkeley, 1988
B. Phil. Oxford, 1990
D. Phil Oxford, 1993
J.D. Harvard, 1996
UCLA Faculty Since 1992
Course Description:

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.  In one week, we will focus on coming to an understanding of the legal cases and doctrine on the subject and in another, we will devote attention to a discussion of the deeper theoretical questions underlying these issues and to critiques and defenses of the U.S. approach.

Course Learning Outcomes:

To read and learn about the freedom of speech issues associated with regulation of defamation, invasion of privacy, and hate speech.