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Anti-abortion protest and freedom of expression in Europe

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In one of its first judgments of 2011, the European Court of Human Rights held that a criminal conviction for defamation in Germany of an anti-abortion activist for distributing leaflets comparing abortion to the Holocaust was not a violation of the right to freedom of expression. This judgment departs from the European Court’s previous case law which affords a high degree of protection for speech on matters of public debate. This Article criticizes the reasoning of the European Court and discusses relevant case law the Court failed to apply.
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Freedom of Expression, Abortion Protest

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Ó Fathaigh, Rónan. 2011. “Anti-abortion Protest and Freedom of Expression in Europe.” The Columbia Journal of European Law 17: 47–50.
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Ó Fathaigh, R. (2011). Anti-abortion protest and freedom of expression in Europe. THE COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN LAW, 17, 47–50.
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Ó Fathaigh R. Anti-abortion protest and freedom of expression in Europe. THE COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN LAW. 2011;17:47–50.
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Ó Fathaigh, Rónan. “Anti-abortion Protest and Freedom of Expression in Europe.” THE COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN LAW 17 (2011): 47–50. Print.
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  abstract     = {In one of its first judgments of 2011, the European Court of Human Rights held that a criminal conviction for defamation in Germany of an anti-abortion activist for distributing leaflets comparing abortion to the Holocaust was not a violation of the right to freedom of expression. This judgment departs from the European Court{\textquoteright}s previous case law which affords a high degree of protection for speech on matters of public debate. This Article criticizes the reasoning of the European Court and discusses relevant case law the Court failed to apply.},
  author       = {{\'O} Fathaigh, R{\'o}nan},
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  journal      = {THE COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN LAW},
  keyword      = {Freedom of Expression,Abortion Protest},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {47--50},
  title        = {Anti-abortion protest and freedom of expression in Europe},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2011},
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