ABSTRACT

This chapter provides an overview of the relevant legislative provisions in the ambit of criminal law, and particularly the public order and anti-terrorism frameworks which can be used for purposes of challenging the rhetoric and/or activity of the far-right. It proposes a jurisprudential analysis demonstrating how these are interpreted and applied by the judiciary when faced with the challenge of the far-right. Incitement to racial hatred has routes in seditious libel, public mischief and breach of the peace. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, which entered into force in October 2007, was created to tackle offences involving stirring up hatred against persons on religious grounds. In addition to the tools, domestic courts have access to anti-terror legislation, which can be of use when it comes to challenging the activities of far-right groups engaged in serious violence, as such violence is understood by the anti-terror legislation.