LAW7722 - Clinic: Human Rights and International Law

LAW7722 - Clinic: Human Rights and International Law

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In close collaboration with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law program, students will develop a series of policy recommendations on how social media companies might identify and respond to speech that incites attacks on targeted groups (including human rights defenders and minority groups), while avoiding infringing protected speech. We will examine the social science of inciting speech, along with specific criminal prosecutions for hate speech that have been brought in various domestic and international tribunals (such as those involving Guatemala, Colombia, and/or Cambodia). Students will also conduct research in public international law, international criminal law, and domestic First Amendment law. The final product will be a policy document that proposes a protocol to be followed by social media companies in conducting context-specific reviews of speech to determine whether it may constitute incitement to violence and thus merit further scrutiny.