Our global Free Speech conference was a pure success!


We successfully completed the ''Free Speech in the 21st Century'' global conference, which we held on July 3-4, 2020. It featured 52 presenters and discussants from 28 countries.

Alma Mater Europaea organized this virtual event together with the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL). It was titled 'Free Speech in the 21st Century'. It discussed the changing understanding of the freedom of expression and its limits.

The conference was scheduled to take place in Ljubljana, and due to the Covid situation, it moved online. András Sajó of Central European University and Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School gave lectures. A roundtable on free speech and social media featured Jacob Rowbottom (Oxford University), Olivier Sylvain (Fordham Law School) and Boštjan M Zupančič, the longest-serving ECHR judge. The IACL President Adrienne Stone, the Alma Mater Europaea ECM president Ludvik Toplak and the Constitutional Court of Slovenia president Rajko Knez gave welcome remarks. Jurij Toplak chaired and moderated the symposium and the roundtable. It was the first IACL’s virtual event of such size.

Other speakers included Janny Leung (University of Hong Kong), David Erdos (University of Cambridge), Mark Rush (Washington and Lee University), Itsuko Yamaguchi (University of Tokyo), Pierre de Vos, Richard Calland (both University of Cape Town), Corado Carruso, Marina Caporale (both University of Bologna), Oreste Pollicino, Elisa Bertolini (Bocconi University), Ivana Marković (University of Belgrade), Klemen Jaklič (Constitutional Court of Slovenia), Dwight Newman (University of Saskatchewan), Michael Pinto-Duschinsky (IPSA RC20), Germán Teruel (University of Murcia), Gavin Phillipson (University of Bristol), Neil Richards (Washington University at St. Louis), RonNell Andersen Jones (University of Utah), David Schultz (Hamline University and University of Minnesota), Djordje Gardasevic (University of Zagreb), Michael Riegner (Humboldt University), Orhan Emre Konuralp (Bilkent University), Daniela Messina (University of Naples »Parthenope«), Dimitris Christopoulos, Penelope Petsini (both Panteion University of Athens), Max Steuer (Comenius University Bratislava), Rawin Leelapatana (Chulalongkorn University), Marcin Górski (University of Lodz), Boldizsár Artúr Szentgáli-Tóth (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Klemen Jaklič (Constitutional Court of Slovenia), and PhD candidates Šimon Drugda (University of Copenhagen), Alberto Nicotina (University of Antwerp), and Tamás Pongó (University of Szeged). Several speakers, and Jernej Letnar Černič (The New University), Jimmy Chia-Shin Hsu (Academia Sinica) and Miha Šepec (University of Maribor) chaired the panels.

The symposium program and more information is available at the conference website: http://iaclfreespeech.almamater.eu.