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Eric Heinze (Paris, Maîtrise; Harvard, JD; Leiden, PhD) is Professor of Law & Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London. He has worked with the International Commission of Jurists and UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights, in Geneva, and on private litigation before the United Nations Administrative Tribunal in New York. He is a member of the Bars of New York and Massachusetts, and has also advised NGOs on human rights, including Liberty, Amnesty International and the Media Diversity Institute. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and other publications.

His books include "The Most Human Right: Why Free Speech is Everything" (2022), "Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship" (2016), "The Concept of Injustice" (2013), "The Logic of Constitutional Rights" (2005); "The Logic of Liberal Rights" (2003); "The Logic of Equality" (2003), "Sexual Orientation: A Human Right" (1995) (Russian translation 2004), and the collection "Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights" (2000). He is currently completing a book entitled: "Citizenship Unmodified: Democracy and the Problem of Hatred", and is co-authoring a book, with Gavin Phillipson, entitled "Debating Hate Speech".

Heinze has contributed chapters to such collections as "Extreme Speech and Democracy" (Weinstein & Hare, 2009); "Religious Pluralism and Human Rights" (Loenen & Goldschmidt, 2006) and "Minority and Group Rights Toward the New Millennium" (Bowring & Fottrell, 1999), and recent articles in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Modern Law Review, International Journal of Human Rights, International Journal of Law in Context, Ratio Juris, Legal Studies, Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence, Michigan Journal of International Law, National Black Law Journal, Journal of Social & Legal Studies, Law & Critique, and other scholarly journals. He serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Human Rights, the British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the open-access journal Intellectual Property Rights.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Queen Mary, University of London


Fullbright, DAAD, Harvard, and Chateaubriand fellowships