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List of Relevant Laws Impacting Free Speech (England and Wales) (2015-2022)

Legislation (Acts and Bills)

The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act

An Act to make provision in relation to freedom of speech and academic freedom in higher education institutions and in students’ unions; and for connected purposes.

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act of 2015

An Act to make provision in relation to terrorism; to make provision about retention of communications data, about information, authority to carry and security in relation to air, sea and rail transport and about reviews by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission against refusals to issue certificates of naturalisation; and for connected purposes.

Online Safety Bill

A Bill to make provision for and in connection with the regulation by OFCOM of certain internet services; for and in connection with communications offences; and for connected purposes.


National Action Plan (Safety of Journalists)

A National Action Plan to ensure that journalists operating in the UK are as safe as possible, reducing the number of attacks on and threats issued to journalists and ensuring those that are responsible for such are brought to justice

Independent Review of Prevent

The review was billed as ensuring that the UK government’s approach to preventing radicalization and terrorism is as successful as possible.

Case Law

Pwr (Appellant) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) Akdogan and another (Appellants) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) [2022] UKSC 2 [judgment]

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd v Tom Burgis [2022] EWHC 487 (QB) (2 March 2022) [judgment]

Overd & Ors v The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary [2021] EWHC 3100 (QB) [judgment]
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