Freedom of Expression Legal Research Paper


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Legal Research Paper

The following is a summary of the requirements for your Legal Research Paper for this course:

1. You should choose a legal topic that you are interested in. It can be a topic that we have/will cover in this course, but you are allowed to choose any legal topic that you wish.

2. Your paper should include, but is not necessarily limited to:

a. A factual summary/description of the legal topic.

b. A historical analysis of your legal topic.

c. At least 3 relevant cases that are integral to your legal topic and a brief of each.

d. Give your opinion of the topic, its history, and what you think the future might bring for your topic.

e. A reference page with at least 5 sources.

3. Your paper should be 8-12 pages in length – double spaced, 1” margins, font size 11 or 12.

Topic that good to use:

Affirmative action

Eminent domain

Adverse possession

Freedom of speech

Freedom of religion

Freedom to keep and bear arms

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Student XYZ
University of
Business Law
Freedom of Expression
The U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights consist of ten amendments, each one written specifically
and differently but with the same intention of prohibiting excessive governmental power and
allow for the existence of individual liberties and freedom. Though these ten amendments are of
equal importance, this paper will focus on the First Amendment—freedom of expression. In the
Bill of Rights, The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
government for a redress of grievances” ( In simpler terms, freedom of
speech means that everyone should be granted the right and opportunity to communicate their
thoughts and feelings regarding contentious issues publicly, without the fear of threat,
oppression, or discrimination.
Importance of freedom of expression
Freedom of expression is a basic human right that should be granted to everyone. It has the
capability to unite and strengthen other human right, which allows the society to develop and
make good progress. When citizens of a society have the chance to express their opinions and
speak their thoughts freely in public, it is easier for their voices to be heard as a collective whole,
both in the public’s eye and to the government. Freedom of expression and speech is crucial to
make change in society since it allows us to listen to other people’s views and perspectives as


well. In fact, human rights activist Peter Tatchell has stated that “going against people who have
different views and challenging them is the best way to move forward” (Timms 2016). The
United States comprises of citizens of different religions, all of whom have different beliefs,
cultures, and practices. Therefore, everyone should be allowed to choose their own set of beliefs
and be allowed freedom of speech. If people aren’t allowed to express their beliefs, then it proves
how uncivilized and unjust our country is. Our country is called the “United” States of America
for a reason. By allowing everyone, regardless of their race, religion, and gender, to express their
ideas, we are creating a society in which people can learn to respect and learn from each other,
establishing a sense of unity, harmony, and peace.
Historical Analysis
Freedom of expression is a democratic ideal that has existed for a very long time, first
originating from ancient Greece. In Greece, the word “parrhesia”, which means free speech, was
often used within the citizens. The term first emerged towards the end of the fifth century B.C.
and was widely used in Greek literature. During that era, parrhesia was a huge fundamental
factor contributing to the democracy of Athens. Important figures such as leaders, philosophers,
and playwrights, and regular commoners were granted the opportunity to discuss political and
religious issues publicly and even criticize the government in some instances. In the United
States, the First Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, as the first component of the
Bill of Rights. Perhaps the only flaw in the First Amendment statement is the fact that it doesn’t
specify what exactly freedom of speech means. Therefore, there is a thin line between the types
of speech that should or should not be protected by law. In the past, this has caused some
problems to arise regarding the ability to comply with this law. As a result, defining which types
of speech shou...

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