Max Watson to be commemorated by inaugural Memorial Lecture at Wolfson College

Max Watson to be commemorated by inaugural Memorial Lecture at Wolfson College

29 October 2015

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) will hold the inaugural Max Watson Memorial Lecture at Wolfson College, to commemorate Max’s contribution to their work as a Board member and a much-valued contributor to their programming and activities. The Annual Lecture series will commemorates the life and work of former Wolfson Fellow, and Senior Official at the IMF and EU.

The inaugural lecture took place on Thursday 29 October 2015 at 17:30 at the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College.

Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship
Eric Heinze, Professor Law and Humanities, Queen Mary University London

Most modern democracies punish hate speech. Less freedom for some, they claim, guarantees greater freedom for others. But that view confuses democracy with liberalism, as if the two assume identical norms in principle, or entail the same results in practice. It also assumes a misleadingly ahistorical model of democracy. In this Max Watson memorial lecture, Eric Heinze from Queen Mary University London will argue that modern democracies have better ways of combating violence and discrimination against vulnerable groups without having to censor speakers. The lecture will show why free expression must be safeguarded not primarily as an individual (‘liberal’) right, but as an essential attribute of democratic citizenship.