The transformative impact of the Inter-American System on freedom of expression in times of democratic regression.

The right to freedom of expression has particularly broad protection in the Inter-American system of human rights. The American Convention is the most generous treaty worldwide. In developing this normative framework, the Inter-American system has produced an important doctrine that has had a notable impact in the region during the first decade of this century. Faced with the democratic backlash in the region in the last decade, these standards have served as a barrier of resistance to empty the protection of the right to freedom of expression. In some cases, authoritarianism has been successful, but in others, the doctrine of the Inter-American system has served as an apical barrier of resistance. That is what this conference is about.