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Freedom of Commercial Expression

Roger A. Shiner


The U.S. Supreme Court extended constitutional protection to commercial expression or speech in 1976. The European Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court of Canada subsequently did likewise. Historically, freedom of expression relates to public decision-making as to political, social, and other public issues, rather than the decision of a particular individual as to whether to purchase one or another kind of shampoo. For all that, courts are now granting constitutional protection to the commercial advertising of organisations such as tobacco manufacturers, breweries, and discount liquor s ... More

Keywords: constitutional protection, commercial expression, freedom of expression, advertising, institutional history, commercial information, autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198262619
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger A. Shiner, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Alberta