Thursday 15 October 2015
The crime of holocaust denial in Italy
The demands of society and the political response
Fondazione Corriere della Sera – Via Balzan 3, Milano
Is denying the existence of gas chambers a crime or an opinion? Europe has called out for years for the member states to introduce legislation that punishes holocaust denial. The phenomenon of discrimination on an ethnic, religious or social basis is increasing continually and the web is often a megaphone for inciting hatred, hidden behind ‘freedom of expression’. Public opinion is divided and politics is slow to respond.
This will be discussed Thursday 15 October at the Fondazione Corriere della Sera with Giovanni Maria Flick, Emeritus President of the Constitutional Court and formerly Minister for Justice, and Donatella Di Cesare, Professor of Philosophy at the Sapienza University of Rome, who has closely followed the process of the law against holocaust denial. Di Cesare is the author of, among others, the book Se Auschwitz è nulla. Contro il negazionismo (il Melangolo, 2012). Luciano Fontana, Director of Il Corriere della Sera, will chair the meeting.
In partnership with Corriere della Sera Foudation & Goren-Goldstein Centre of Judaica
She is Professor of Philosophy at the Sapienza University of Rome, and has taught in numerous universities in Germany and the United States. She was Vice President of the ‘Martin Heidegger-Gesellschaft’.
He is Emeritus President of the Constitutional Court and Emeritus Professor of Penal Law at the LUISS (Rome), where he taught until his election as a Constitutional Judge (in 2000). He was Minister for Justice in the first Prodi government.
He is the Director of Corriere della Sera.