Lawyers questioned on freedom of speech in Universities

04 December 2017

Joint Committee on Human Rights continues to examine freedom of speech in Universities.

What the Committee will cover

This week the inquiry into free speech in universities looks more closely at the law. Issues likely to be covered include:

  • Boundaries between unlawful speech and speech protected by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights: are they clear?
  • Can the Prevent duty, which universities have a duty to act on, be made clearer in legal terms for universities without reducing its effectiveness?

MPs and Lords from The Joint Committee on Human Rights will be putting these questions amongst others to a panel of legal experts.


Wednesday 6 December 2017, Committee room 1, Palace of Westminster.

At 4.15pm

  • Paul Bowen QC, Brick Court Chambers
  • Helen Mountfield QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Gary Attle, Partner, Mills and Reeve LLP
  • Aileen McColgan, Matrix Chambers

Get involved

The Committee welcomes written evidence on the subject until Friday 15 December.

Further information

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