UCL Institute for Human Rights


‘Nous sommes citoyens’: Freedom of Expression after Paris

11 February 2015, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

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UCL European Institute


UCL, Cruciform LT, WC1E 6BT

In the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris recently, there is an urgent need to debate the values that tie us together as citizens – a commitment to freedom of expression and to freedom from violence and fear – and the challenges of sustaining those values in a world of difference and conflict.

This public discussion brings together UCL academics from a range of disciplines to discuss questions that include:

  • Freedom of expression and its limits
  • France and the crisis of Republican values
  • Citizenship and coexistence in diverse societies


  • Prof Eric Barendt (UCL Laws: freedom of speech)
  • Prof Tamar Garb (UCL History of Art: images & violence)
  • Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin (UCL Laws: religion & human rights)
  • Prof Phillipe Marliere (UCL French: French politics)
  • Dr Farid Panjwani (Institute of Education: religion, citizenship and education)
  • Chair: Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL Institute for Human Rights)

UCL has, since its inception, been committed to the values of radical thinking and of religious and ideological pluralism.  It is this tradition that makes it the ideal forum for this sort of open discussion.

The event was recorded and the videos can be viewed on the website of the UCL European Institute:

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