In his paper "Dignity, Liberty and the State in French public law: the 'Dieudonne' cases", Professor Denis Baranger discusses a decision from a top administrative court that quashed an order allowing a controversial stand up comedian to perform a show in several French cities. This case, which has been widely seen as a restriction on the freedom of expression, was based on human dignity and "national cohesion". The presentation of this paper will be followed by a discussion led by Dean Timothy Endicott and by Dr. Alison Young, who will explore various aspects of administrative law, jurisprudence, constitutional law, and comparative public law raised by the Dieudonne cases.

Denis Baranger is professor of public law at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He is currently a visiting fellow at St Catherine's College, Oxford.

Timothy Endicott is the Dean of the Faculty of Law, a professor of legal philosophy, and a fellow in law of Balliol College, Oxford.

Alison Young is an Associate Professor of Law, the Teaching and Learning Officer for the Faculty, and a Senior Law Tutor at Hertford College, Oxford.