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The Comparative Constitutional Law of Freedom of Expression in Asia


Stone, A and Chowdhury, R and Clark, M, The Comparative Constitutional Law of Freedom of Expression in Asia, Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia, Edward Elgar, R Dixon and T Ginsburg (ed), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-34. ISBN 978 1 78100 269 8 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]


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Copyright 2014 Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg This is a draft chapter/article. The final version is available in Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia edited by Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg, published in 2014, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.

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DOI: doi:10.4337/9781781002704.00017


Just as Western forms of constitutional law have been adapted to the particular contexts of Asian countries, understandings of freedom of expression too have been shaped by the distinctive political contexts and traditions of Asia. As in the West, the scope and reach of the right varies greatly across Asian nations, on paper as well as in its actual enforcement on the ground. The Chapter will review how the distinctive political and constitutional cultures of four Asian countries Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and India affect the articulation of freedom of expression principles by courts in those countries. Rather than attempting an exhaustive analysis of particular categories of freedom of expression protection and limitations in each of these four jurisdictions, our analysis will draw out particular aspects of protections and limitations that help to illustrate the broader constitutional cultures in each of these jurisdictions. Before doing so, we will review the fundamental elements of any constitutional principle of freedom of expression (including its formal manifestation, structural elements and doctrinal forms), noting some particularities evident in Asian countries.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:freedom of expression, Asian comparative constitutional law
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Constitutional law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Clark, M (Mr Martin Clark)
ID Code:140571
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-08-27
Last Modified:2021-01-28
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