Blocher's new book asks how and why First Amendment applies to speech without words or clear meaning

Prof. Joseph Blocher, was delving into meaning as a component of speech, when he teamed up with colleagues from Harvard Law and the Denver Sturm College of Law to write Free Speech Beyond Words: The Surprising Reach of the First Amendment (New York University Press, 2017). “We realized we were all working on related problems ... non-representational art, instrumental music, and nonsensical speech,” Blocher said. “And we were all coming up with an uncomfortable conclusion, which is that while each of those subjects is clearly covered by the First Amendment, it’s very difficult to say why.”

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Prof. Joseph Blocher

ABOUT Joseph Blocher

Blocher’s principal academic interests and teaching include federal and state constitutional law, the First and Second Amendments, capital punishment, and property. He also teaches Urban Legal History and the Law & Markets Colloquium.

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Professor Steven L. SchwarczSchwarcz receives multiple international honors for research and scholarship

Steven L. Schwarcz, the Stanley A. Star Professor of Law & Business, was awarded the University of Edinburgh Law School’s prestigious MacCormick Fellowship as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professorship with the University College London (UCL) Law Faculty, for the fall semester. In addition, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) recently selected two paper proposals by Schwarcz for its upcoming 50th anniversary Congress.

 

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Law Blogs

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