Panel on Humor and the Law (ISHS 2022)

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From stand-up comedy to cartoons and memes, humor is often at the center of juridical debates and actual legal cases revolving around free speech and its limits. Yet, due to its elusiveness and subjectivity, humor can make it particularly difficult to draw a clear line between lawful and unlawful expression. How exactly does the law regulate humor? How do such regulations vary across different judicial systems and historical periods? And how can insights from humor research set the basis for a fairer, more consistent treatment of jokes in court?

Although recent studies have stressed the benefits of collaboration between legal and humor scholars (Godioli 2020, Little 2019, Capelotti 2018, Milner Davis and Roach Anleu 2018), the potential for interdisciplinary dialogue is still largely unexplored. This panel aims to give a contribution in this direction, by hosting four presentations analyzing selected jurisprudence in light of relevant notions from humor research.
Event typeConference
LocationBertinoro, ItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Humor
  • Law
  • Satire
  • Free Speech