Memory as a battlefield: European memorial laws and freedom of speech

  title={Memory as a battlefield: European memorial laws and freedom of speech},
  author={Alina Cherviatsova},
  journal={The International Journal of Human Rights},
  pages={675 - 694}
  • Alina Cherviatsova
  • Published 13 July 2020
  • Sociology, Law
  • The International Journal of Human Rights
ABSTRACT The article is devoted to a relatively new pan-European phenomenon – memorial (or memory) laws, through which states exercise their politics of memory. Memorial laws pose a contradictory question about the principles and limits of the legal governance of history within democratic societies. The article concludes that the use of memorial laws with criminal sanctions to protect the ‘glory of the past’ and ‘national dignity’ is a violation of freedom of speech as there is no difference… 
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