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Freedom of Expression 2020-2021

Freedom of expression 2020-2021

Research Seminar


Organised by Pierre Auriel (Jean Moulin Lyon 3 Université) , Charles Girard (Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University) and Clotilde Nouët (Mohamed VI Polytechnic University)

This research seminar is funded through the ANR JCJC-2018 « EgaLiBex » programme and the COMOD 2018 programme « Freedom of expression: genealogies, models, institutions ».

Participation in the seminar is subject to prior registration at: seminaire.egalibex(at)




First Term


22 October 2020, 18h15-20h00 (17.15-19 GMT) :

Pierre Auriel, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 

At the marge of the public sphere : freedom of expression of detainees and aliens


November 2020, 18h15-20h00 (17.15-19 GMT), online seance

Blondine Desbiolles, PhD in Philosophy,  Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 :

Freedom of expression, between private modesty and public repression: rights, tolerance and civility according to Thomas Nagel 


9 November 2020, 10h-12h (9-11 GMT), online seance :

Romain Badouard, Associate Professor in Information and Communication Science,  Panthéon-Assas Paris 2 University :

The new laws of the web. Moderation and censorship



Second Term

1 February 2021, 10h00-12h00 (9-11 GMT), Online

            Françoise TulkensEmeritus Professor of Public Law, Catholic University of Leuven, former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights :

Freedom of expression and public debate according to the European Court of Human Rights case-law

This session will be held in French.

8 February 2021, 10h30-12h30 (9.30-11.30 GMT), Online

Eric Barendt, Emeritus Professor of Media Law, University College of London

Freedom of Expression in the common law – its role in promoting public debate


1 march 2021, 10h-12h (9-11 GMT), Online

George Letsas, Professor of the Philosophy of Law, University College of London

Freedom of Expression, Proportionality and the Margin of Appreciation


8 March 2021, 10h-12h (9-11 GMT), Online

Jörn Reinhardt, Professor of Public Law, University of Bremen

Freedom of expression and private powers

15 March 2021, 10h30-18h00 (9.30-17 GMT), Caillemer Room, Lyon 3(15 Quai Claude Bernard, Lyon 7ème) 

Conference Genealogies of Freedom of Expression (II): 16th-17th centuries

Organised by Charles Girard (Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 ) et Christopher Hamel (Rouen Normandie University)

Isabelle Delpla, Professor of Philosohy, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 
Luc Foisneau, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, CNRS/EHESS
Thierry Gontier, Professor of Philosophy, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3
Mogens Laerke, Senior Research Fellow, CNRS/IHRIM
Julie SaadaProfessor of Philosophy, Sciences Po Paris


29 March 2021, 10h30-12h30 (9.30-11.30 GMT), Online
Patrick Wachsmann, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, Strasbourg University
General interest debates: definition and regime

This session will be held in French.


26 April 2021, 10h-12h (9-11 GMT), Online

Orsolya SalatAssistant Professor of Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law, ELTE University, Visiting Professor, Central European University

What freedom of expression for the agents of public debate in Europe?

3 May 2021, 10h-12h (9-11 GMT), Online

Jacob Rowbottom, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford

Securing an informed public: free speech and the challenges of misinformation

17 May 2021, 11h-13h (10-12 GMT), Online

Helen Fenwick, Professor of Law, Durham University

A critique of audience rights to receive information and ideas under a democratic interpretation of freedom of expression: the stance of the Strasbourg Court


26 May 2021, 10h30-12h30 (9.30-11.30 GMT), Online

Andrew Kenyon, Professor of Law, University of Melbourne

Sustained plural public speech: free speech, law and democracy


31 May 2021, 10h-12h (9-11 GMT), Online

Marco Bassini, Research Fellow, Bocconi University

Oreste Pollicino, Professor of Constitutional Law, Bocconi University

The ‘active’ profile of freedom of expression: a comparative overview on the European understanding


7 June 2021, 10h-12h (9-11 GMT), Online

Christoph Bezemek, Professor of Law, University of Graz

Preserving the Areopagus: Speech, Liberty and Licence [and the Limits of State Censorship]