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Prof Dabo Guan: China pollution film a 'game-changer'

Endemic health problems caused by pollution – the subject of a new documentary rocking China – will increase unless officials drastically cut development, according to a Chinese pollution policy expert at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Who: Dr Alexander Brown  

What: Senior Lecturer

Where: School of Politics, Philosophy. Language and Communication Studies

Alexander is a political philosopher with an interest in applied moral questions of public policy and law. His current book, Hate Speech Law: A Philosophical Examination (Routledge, 2015) charts the rise of laws banning hate speech across the globe and explores a range of principled moral arguments for and against different clusters of such laws. He argues that since both defenders and critics of such law can present principled arguments, what is required is a kind of principled compromise. This ought to be our mindset when tackling the issues surrounding how to respond to racist football chanting, defamatory cartoons, homophobic leafleting, hate-based trolling on the internet, he argues.

Most recently Alex has written an editorial on ‘What the hate speech debate tells us about UKIP’.

Alexander has previously appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze, and has blogged for The Huffington Post on issues ranging from personal responsibility among claimants of welfare support to legitimate expectations of governmental provision in school building programmes.

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