Comparative Free Speech and Access to Information in the Americas (taught in English) | L4144

This course looks at the history and text of the guarantees of free speech in the constitutions of the United States and Latin American countries, including Guatemala; at judicial decisions interpreting them; and at the actual scope of those guarantees of free speech in practice, with emphasis on the function of free speech in facilitating democracy. It also looks at the impact of globalization on free speech guarantees, including the impact of international treaties, the activities of NGOs, and speech on the Internet. The course compares the systems for providing citizens access to government information in the U.S. and Latin America, particularly Guatemala, and looks closely at areas where interest in disclosure and secrecy conflict.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 2
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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