Human Rights: Group Defamation, Freedom of Expression and the Law of Nations


In his book Human Rights: Group Defamation, Freedom of Expression and the Law of Nations, Thomas David Jones presents a discussion and analysis of the laws governing group defamation and speech inciteful of racial hatred in Great Britain, Canada, India, Nigeria, and the United States. Although there exists no federal group defamation law in the United States, a few state legislatures have promulgated group defamation statutes, while a cause of action for group defamation has been recognized as justiciable in the decision law of other states. Mr Jones describes his theory as constitutional minimalism because he does not advocate the legal proscription of all derogatory hate speech. Only the sub-category of hate speech that fulfills the standard elements of proof found in common law defamation claim will be prosecuted criminally by the federal government. The author further asserts that a carefully and narrowly drafted federal criminal group defamation statute will pass constitutional muster without creating a conflict with First Amendment rights.
I. A Prolegomenon: The International Protection of Human Rights. II. Freedom of Expression at International Law and Group Defamation. III. The Myth of Absolutism: The First Amendment Right to Freedom of Expression. IV. Human Rights and Freedom of Expression: The Law of Group Defamation in the United States. V. Group Defamation Under British, Canadian, Indian and Nigerian Law. VI. Conclusion: `The Right to Equal Concern and Respects'. Appendices. Index.