Campus Speech and Anti-Klan Laws


NAS Member Jay Weiser, associate professor of law at CUNY Baruch College, has just published a very good opinion piece at the Wall Street Journal on the legal remedies available to preserve free speech on campus. Among his recommendations:

At both public and private universities, regardless of racial or religious motivation, state tort law allows people who are physically attacked, threatened or detained to bring civil lawsuits for damages. Businesses suffering property damage, such as the $100,000 attributed to February’s protests against Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley, can sue, too. Tort law can also make antispeech rioters liable for the loss of public-speaking contracts, as when DePaul University barred Mr. Shapiro because his appearances had been disrupted elsewhere.

To read the entire article, go to the Wall Street Journal.

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