Can saying something make it so? Sedition, speech act theory and the status of freedom of speech in Australia [ 2008 - 2011 ]

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Researchers Dr S Sorial

Brief description A good grasp of the conceptual underpinnings of sedition laws and conceptual clarity is an essential precursor to law reform in this area. By applying theories of the relation between speech and action drawn from philosophy of language to the assessment of sedition laws, the project will enhance Australia's research skills in political philosophy and clarify a grey and contested area of law. Any number of groups in Australian society, including writers, journalists, artists, academics, politicians and political activists, could be affected by these laws. Consequently, a clarification of this area is both urgent and vital for national interests.

Funding Amount $235,944

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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