Introduction 1: The Nature of Offence 2: Reasons for State Action 3: Responses to Offensive Speech 4: Religious Speech in Public Discourse 5: Blasphemy and Defamation of Religions 6: Discrimination and Toleration
Nicholas Hatzis is associate professor in law at the University of Nottingham. Previously, he was research fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford and referendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
All in all, this is an important text on an important topic. Balancing competing ideas about what is necessary in public life is not, as the author concludes, a straightforward, linear affair but this has made an important contribution to the ongoing debate. * Max D Winthrop, Law Society Gazette *