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Renton, David and Scott-Baumann, Alison (2021) The HE Free Speech Bill must Incorporate the Equality Act. London: SOAS Influencing the Corridors of Power project (ICOP).

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Summary: Since mid-May, the universities minister Michelle Donelan has insisted that the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill will not require universities to accept speech that contravenes the Equality Act: “We can hold and articulate views which are objectionable to others as long as they don’t cross the threshold of hate speech” This statement directly contradicts the fact that the bill now before parliament is an absolutist free speech bill, ensuring that the Equality Act will cease to apply.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Other)
Keywords: universities, speech, equality, free_speech, freedom, government hate_speech, education
SOAS Departments & Centres: Administration and Professional Services > Research and Enterprise Office
Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies
Subjects: K Law > KD United Kingdom and Ireland
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Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2022 08:10
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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