Memory and Punishment

Historical Denialism, Free Speech and the Limits of Criminal Law

  • Emanuela Fronza

Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. Historical Denialism as a Criminal Offence: Origins and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Denialism in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Emanuela Fronza
      Pages 73-124
    3. Emanuela Fronza
      Pages 125-156
    4. Emanuela Fronza
      Pages 157-178
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 179-217

About this book


This book examines the criminalisation of denials of genocide and of other mass
atrocities in Europe and discusses the implications of protecting institutional historical
memory through criminal law.

The analysis highlights the tensions with free speech, investigating the relationship
between criminal law and historical memory. The book paves the way for a broader
discussion about fake news, ‘post-truth’ scenarios, and free expression in a digital world. The author underscores the need to protect well-founded factual records from
the dangers of misinformation. Historical denialism and the related jurisprudence
represent a key step in exploring this complex field.

The book combines an interdisciplinary approach with criminal law methodology.
It is primarily aimed at academics, practitioners and others who wish to deepen
their understanding of historical denialism, remembrance laws, ‘speech crimes’ and freedom of expression.

Emanuela Fronza is Senior Research Fellow in Criminal Law and Lecturer in International
and European Criminal Law at the School of Law, University of Bologna.
She is a Principal Investigator within the EU research consortium Memory Laws
in European and Comparative Perspectives funded by HERA (Humanities in the
European Research Area).


Historical Denialism Remembrance Laws Genocide Denial Speech Crimes Freedom of Expression Overcriminalisation Hierarchy of Memories Hate speech Collective Memory European Convention of Human Rights

Authors and affiliations

  • Emanuela Fronza
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Legal SciencesAlma Mater Studiorum Università di BolognaBolognaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the author 2018
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-94-6265-233-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6265-234-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-6718
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-6726
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