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Sedition in Liberal Democracies

Anushka Singh


Liberal democracies claim to give constitutional and legal protection of varying degrees to the right to free speech of which political speech and the right to dissent are extensions. Within the right to freedom of expression, however, some category of speeches do not enjoy protection as they are believed to be ‘injurious’ to society. One such unprotected form of political speech is sedition which is criminalized for the repercussions it may have on the authority of the government and the state. The cases registered in India in recent months under the law against sedition show that the law in ... More

Keywords: Freedom of expression, speech act, political offence, dissent, liberal democracy, law and politics, judicial discourse, quotidian life of law, counterterror laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199481699
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199481699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anushka Singh, author
Ambedkar University Delhi