A Book Celebration: Incitement on Trial by Richard Ashby Wilson


Monday, April 16, 2018 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm


Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290


A luncheon and discussion of Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes (Cambridge, 2017) by Richard Ashby Wilson, University of Connecticut School of Law.

In his new book, Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes, UConn Law Professor Richard Ashby Wilson explores the legal questions that arise in prosecuting incitement and proposes a new way of regulating the risks of political speech. The book describes how a media campaign that demonizes a segment of the population on racial, ethnic, religious or national grounds often precedes armed conflict. Yet, Wilson writes, international criminal tribunals often have trouble showing that the words directly caused the violent acts.

Wilson is a professor of both law and anthropology at the University of Connecticut, the Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights at UConn School of Law and founding director of the university’s Human Rights Institute. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation to a research project on incitement and hate speech in the United States since 2016.

Author: Richard Ashby Wilson, University of Connecticut School of Law
Lawrence Douglas, Amherst College
Molly Land, University of Connecticut School of Law
Moderator: Peter Siegelman, University of Connecticut School of Law

12:15 – Buffet lunch
12:30 – Welcome and introductions
12:45 – Discussion followed by Q&A


Deb King


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