“The Right to Insult in International Law” written by Amal Clooney and Philippa Webb. 16.03.2017

States all over the world are enacting new laws that criminalize insults, and using existing insult laws with renewed vigour. In this article, we examine state practice, treaty provisions, and case law on insulting speech. We conclude that insulting speech is currently insufficiently protected under international law and regulated by confused case law and commentary. We explain that the three principal international treaties that regulate speech provide conflicting guidance on the right to insult in international law, and the treaty provisions have been interpreted in inconsistent ways by international courts and United Nations bodies. We conclude by recommending that international law should recognize a “right to insult” and, drawing on U.S. practice under the First Amendment, we propose eight recommendations to guide consideration of insulting speech in international law. These recommendations would promote coherence in international legal standards and offer greater protection to freedom of speech.

This Article originally appeared in Volume 48.2 of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. A PDF of this Article may be found here or by clicking on the title below.


Source : Doughty Street International


Amal Clooney visits Serres hotspot in Greece 07.09.2016


Amal Clooney was reportedly visiting a refuge hotspot in the northern Greek city of Serres. According to local media, she was seen at the hotspot speaking to Yazidi refugees. Yazidis are an ethnic group caught up in the middle of the conflict and have been systematically persecuted by the Islamic State. Many females have been sold and used as sex slaves by Islamist fighters since the beginning of hostilities. According to local TV station ‘Tile-Epiloges’ she plans to legally prosecute ISIS before the International Court of Justice for crimes against the Yazidis and is collecting first hand accounts by the women about their ordeals at the hands of their enslavers to build a legal case.

She was accompanied by Nadia Murad. Nadia Murad will be present at the United Nations HQ in New York on September 19th 2016.



Style Files :

Amal Clooney wore a scarf with jeans and jacket.

Perhaps is the scarf by Monse here some pictures from the Resort 2017 collection.

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Big thanks to Patricia for sharing the information 🙂