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An attack on freedom of academic speech

On the blog of the European Journal of International Law, Prof. Joseph Weiler reports about a strange attack on academic freedom of speech.

I was summoned to appear before an Examining Magistrate in Paris based on a complaint of criminal defamation lodged by the author. Why Paris you might ask? Indeed. The author of the book was an Israeli academic. The book was in English. The publisher was Dutch. The reviewer was a distinguished German professor. The review was published on a New York website.

The decision on this case is expected to come in March, a conviction of Prof. Weiler would set a dangerous precedent.

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