Book discussion: ‘Freedom of Expression: The Revolutionary Roots of American and French Legal Thought’

Dr. Ioanna Tourkochoriti, University of Galway, School of Law (Ireland)

Date: 31.05.2023, 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Room 305-06, 3rd floor | Sigmund Freud University | Freudplatz 3, 1020 Vienna


Two legal systems founded on similar Enlightenment philosophical and political values use state coercion differently to regulate a liberty at the core of the Enlightenment: freedom of expression. This comparative study of France and the United States proposes a novel theory of how the limits of freedom of expression are informed by different revolutionary experiences and constitutional and political arrangements. Ioanna Tourkochoriti argues that the different ways freedom of expression is balanced against other values in France and the United States can be understood in reference to the role of the government and the understanding of republicanism and liberty. This understanding affects how jurists define the content and the limits of a liberty and strike a balance between liberties in conflict. Exploring both the legal traditions of the two countries, this study sheds new light on the broader historical, social and philosophical contexts in which jurists operate.

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Ioanna Tourkochoriti is working on human rights, constitutional law and jurisprudence from a comparative perspective. She currently teaches at the University of Galway School of Law. Starting in July 2023 she will an Associate Professor of Law with tenure at the University System of Maryland, Baltimore Law School. She completed her doctoral studies in France and she held for eight years research and Faculty appointments at Harvard University. She has published widely and with leading presses and journals around the world on freedom of expression, freedom of religion, anti-discrimination law and comparative constitutionalism. She is currently leading several international research networks on these topics. She is currently co-editing the volume Comparative Legal History for Cambridge University Press, a Handbook on Hate Speech for Oxford University Press, a Handbook on Antidiscrimination Law and Religion for Oxford University Press, a volume on Critiquing Human Rights for Edward Elgar and a volume on the Comparative Enforcement of International Law for Edward Elgar.



Ioanna Tourkochoriti teaches at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has previously held a lectureship at the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University, a Wertheim Fellowship at Harvard Law School, and fellowships with other universities in North America and the London School of Economics.

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