Balancing Rights in Ubc Freedom of Expression Statement No Easy Task: Observer

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The Lawyer's Daily


Amid the simmering debate surrounding free speech on campus, the University of British Columbia has launched a process to develop a statement on freedom of expression for students, faculty and administrators. But a legal expert is saying finding that balance between free expression and other rights is a difficult one that hasn't been fully determined under the law.

In November 2017, UBC president Santa J. Ono released a draft statement of freedom of expression, which aimed to “vigorously promote and defend the freedoms necessary for the successful pursuit and dissemination of knowledge,” but also acknowledged “one person’s freedom of expression cannot be allowed to trample the freedom or well-being of others.”


This article is written by Ian Burns with commentary by Prof. Faisal Bhabha.