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Richard Ashby Wilson is Associate Dean of Research at the University of Connecticut School of law, and the Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Law and Anthropology. Wilson is a scholar of human rights and the author or editor of 11 books on international human rights, humanitarianism, truth and reconciliation commissions and international criminal tribunals. His publications have been translated into Chinese, Danish, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish. His latest book, Incitement On Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes (Cambridge University Press, 2017), explains why international criminal tribunals struggle to convict individuals for inciting speech and it proposes a new model to identify the types of speech and contextual circumstances most likely to lead to violence. Wilson has held fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Wilson has consulted for various policy agencies, including UNICEF in Sierra Leone, and he served as Chair of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 2009 to 2013. Wilson is presently working on a study of the offline effects of online hate speech and the problems inherent in current content moderation policies of social media companies.

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