New York Times v. Sullivan and Freedom of Speech and Press in America

New York Times v. Sullivan transformed the law of libel and First Amendment law, as well our national experience of freedom of expression. It is one of the great opinions of constitutional law, and one of the most important free speech decisions of all time.

Lecture Description

This lecture discusses the history of the landmark First Amendment decision in New York Times v. Sullivan (1964), which established broad protections for freedom of speech and press in libel law. It looks at current debates over the constitutional law of libel and explains how American journalism, and our political and cultural landscape more broadly, would change if Sullivan were to be overruled.


Civil Liberties, Security State Constitutional and Legal

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