Freedom to insult? Balancing freedom of expression with religious tolerance in ECHR case law

Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex A recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights has raised again the question of whether there should be limits on free speech when someone might be offended by it – in this case, concerning the Muslim faith. It’s a good opportunity to explain the context of the case and assess what – if any – limits should be acceptable on free speech in such cases. The saga of ES v Austria began at a public seminar on “Basic Information on Islam” organised…