July 5 @ 16:15 - 17:45 Wroclaw (CEST)
Protecting or privileging historical narratives through law and its limits
The panel explores diverse forms of limiting freedom of expression in the context of historical policy. It discusses how laws rehabilitating historical figures and protecting state and nation‘s good name turn into memory laws, prohibiting expressing competing narratives, especially in states experiencing a deliberate weakening of the rule of law standards. It also showcases links between specific elements of the rule of law breakdown and limiting freedom of expression o those who publicly share historical narratives diverging from accounts preferred by authorities. In the second part, the panel analyzes case law of international courts, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court, to answer whether “militant democracy“ is an apt concept to explain the certain limitation of freedom of expression in democracies, and to discuss emerging standards of protecting human expression conceptualized as cultural heritage.