Lèse-majesté, Asian style

Crisis of monarchy in pre-war Japan and present-day Thailand *

Authored by: David Streckfuss

Routledge Handbook of Asian Law

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415659406
eBook ISBN: 9781315660547
Adobe ISBN: 9781317337409

10.4324/9781315660547.ch21

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Abstract

As long as there have been monarchies during the past two millennia, there have been lèse-majesté laws at the core of their legal systems, protecting royal privilege, sacred status and eminent persons from physical or verbal assaults. Revolutions in Europe championing free speech forced most monarchies to moderate their lèse-majesté laws. Elsewhere, European colonialism often tossed out indigenous monarchs along with their indigenous lèse-majesté laws.

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