The criminalisation of religious speech before the ordinary courts in England began in 1676. Although the law on blasphemy was finally abolished in 2008, many of the troubling aspects of the old law remain in the form of the offence of incitement to religious hatred.
This lecture will explore the current and future scope of the law of incitement to religious hatred in light of our long and troubled history of dealing with religious speech.
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Ivan is a member of Blackstone Chambers. He specialises in Public Law and appears in a wide range of judicial review cases, statutory appeals against regulatory decisions, Human Rights Act claims, freedom of information applications, discrimination and employment proceedings.
He has advised many foreign governments and overseas corporations on matters of constitutional law in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Commonwealth Caribbean.