To argue for hate speech legislation on the basis that it protects the dignity of individuals is to confuse an interest with a fundamental right, argues Ivan Hare. Not only is legislation ineffective, it helps disseminate the very thing it intends to suppress.
is a barrister practising at Blackstone Chambers in London and specializing in human rights cases. He is the editor of Extreme Speech and Democracy (OUP, 2009) (with James Weinstein) and one of the authors of De Smith’s Judicial Review. He was a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge 1991-2003.