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Symposium: Lies, Free Speech, and the Law

On April 8, 2022, the Knight Institute will host a symposium to explore how the law regulates or should regulate false and misleading speech. The symposium, titled “Lies, Free Speech, and the Law,” is being overseen by the Institute’s Senior Visiting Research Scholar Genevieve Lakier and will take place at Columbia University.

The symposium will focus on five themes that examine the connections between lies, freedom of speech (construed broadly), and the law. These are: 1) the sociological and constitutional status of false or misleading speech; 2) defining the category of lies; 3) structural regulation and the problem of lies; 4) government lies; and 5) the deregulation of disclosure.


  • Genevieve Lakier, Knight Institute Senior Visiting Research Scholar
  • RonNell Andersen Jones, University of Utah College of Law
  • Alan Chen, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Adam M. Enders, University of Louisville
  • Jamal Greene, Columbia Law School
  • Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Sam Lebovic, George Mason University
  • Helen Norton, University of Colorado School of Law
  • Artur Pericles Lima Monteiro, Yale Law School
  • Deborah Pearlstein, Cardozo School of Law
  • Amanda Shanor, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
  • Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School
  • Joseph Uscinski, University of Miami
  • Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law
  • Sonja R. West, University of Georgia School of Law
  • John Fabian Witt, Yale Law School

Lunch will be provided.

For more information, including a full schedule, please visit our website:

Due to university restrictions, only Columbia University students, faculty, and staff will be allowed to attend in person. We encourage everyone else to please join us online. All panels will be livestreamed. Please RSVP to receive links and updates about the program.

Event Contact Information:
Knight Info


Apr 08 2022


9:15 am - 5:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)




Venue 2

Columbia University - Jerome Greene Annex
410 West 117th Street