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Human Rights Day 2015: Ybo Buruma

Freedom of expression comes with a price by diminishing ‘conservative’ values basic for life in a coherent society as authority, dignity, reputation and belief. How should we decide about the boundary between cases in which respect for these values is to be enforced and cases where this can no longer be considered to be acceptable in the perspective of freedom of expression? A lecture by Ybo Buruma.

Program Information
Date 10 December
Time 14:30- 16:30 hrs
Location DZ1, Dante Building
Access free
Guest Ybo Buruma, judge at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Until 2011, he was a professor of Criminal Law at Radboud U.
Language English
In cooperation with The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research
Contact Luc Jeurissen

How rude can you be? Offensive speech and the harm that is at stake

Ybo Buruma

Notwithstanding its necessity for the democratic process and its value for the development of the arts and sciences, freedom of expression comes with a price. It's the price of breaking reputations of professionals and companies, diminishing the dignity of less powerful groups and vulnerable persons as well as the authority of officials, and to pollute what is sacred in the eyes of believers. This price is hard to acknowledge in a modern society where public opinion is less focused on the values of reputation, loyalty, authority and sanctity than in those of democracy and enlightenment. However these ' conservative' values are basic for life in a coherent society. How should we decide about the boundary between cases in which respect for these values is to be enforced (for instance by criminal law) and cases where this enforcement can no longer be considered to be acceptable in the perspective of freedom of expression? A lecture by Ybo Buruma, judge at the Dutch Supreme Court.

World Human Rights Day

Each year at Tilburg University an event is dedicated to World Human Rights Day. This is to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted and proclaimed on December 10th  1948 by the United Nations General Assembly.

Human Rights Award

In the second half of the program, the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2015 will be presented for the best PhD thesis and the best Master’s thesis on human rights.  Max van der Stoel, served as OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and as an UN Human Rights Rapporteur.

Program

  • 14:30  hrs
    Reception with coffee/tea in the foyer of the Dante building

  • 15:00 hrs
    Introduction by Prof. Willem van Genugten, Professor of International Law.

    Lecture by Ybo Buruma “How rude can you be? Offensive speech and the harm that is at stake”.

    Questions and discussion.

    Explanation of the Jury report and presentation of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Awards by the chairman of the Jury, prof. Jenny Goldschmidt.

  • 16:30 hrs
    Reception in the foyer of the Dante Building







Wanneer: 10 december 2015 14:30

Einddatum: 10 december 2015 16:30