Limiting Hate Speech is Keynote Topic at Cardozo Conference Presented by Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy

Oct 31, 2005 — Bhikhu Parekh, a member of the British House of Lords, will speak on “Is There a Case for Limiting Hate Speech?” at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, November 7, at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

The talk is the keynote address of a conference on the comparative law of hate speech regulation presented by Cardozo’s Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. The conference begins Sunday, November 6, at 3:00 p.m. and continues through Monday, November 7, at Cardozo, located at 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street. For a full schedule visit

The House of Lords has recently been engaged in a pitched political battle over a proposal to extend existing prohibitions on the incitement of “racial hatred” to bar incitement of “religious hatred” as well. The change, which is supported by Prime Minister Blair’s government, passed the House of Commons but has had harder sailing in the House of Lords.

Educated at the Universities of Bombay and London, Bhikhu Parekh is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Academy of the Learned Societies for Social Sciences and a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster.

He was chair of the Runnymede Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain (1998-2000), whose report, The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, was published in 2000. He is vice-chairman of the Gandhi Foundation, a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, and a member of the National Commission on Equal Opportunity.

His main academic interests include political philosophy, the history of political thought, social theory, ancient and modern Indian political thought, and the philosophy of ethnic relations.

Professor Parekh is the author of Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory (2000); Gandhi (2001); Colonialism, Tradition and Reform (1999); Gandhi’s Political Philosophy (1989); Contemporary Political Thinkers (1982); Karl Marx’s Theory of Ideology (1981); and Hannah Arendt and the Search for a New Political Philosophy (1981).

To register for the conference, please call (212) 790-0200, x6700.

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