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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Ó Fathaigh on The Chilling Effect of Turkey's Article 301 Insult Law

Ronan O Fathaigh, University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law, has published The Chilling Effect of Turkey’s Article 301 Insult Law at 3 European Human Rights Law Review 298 (2019). Here is the abstract.

This article discusses how the approach of the European Court of Human Rights has evolved in seeking to protect freedom of expression from the chilling effect of Turkey’s controversial Article 301 insult law. The article reveals the early reluctance within the Court in finding that the law’s provisions were incompatible with freedom of expression, and yet, the analysis now demonstrates how the Court’s concern for the chilling effect has led the Court to two adopt notable approaches: first, the Court permitting applicants to argue that the law, in and of itself, violates the European Convention on Human Rights, even where an applicant has not been convicted, nor even prosecuted under the law; and second, the Court’s application of its rarely-used competence under Article 46 of the European Convention, finding that amending Article 301 would “constitute an appropriate form of execution” of the Court’s judgment.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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