Jacob Mchangama

Executive director, The Future of Free Speech

Jacob Mchangama is a Danish human rights lawyer specializing in civil and political rights, with a special emphasis on freedom of expression. He was the director of legal affairs at the independent think tank CEPOS in Copenhagen until 2014. He then founded Justitia, a judicial think tank that promotes the rule of law and fundamental individual rights in Denmark and abroad. Mchangama also teaches at the University of Copenhagen. In 2010, he was named the most influential Danish public intellectual under the age of 40 by the newspaper Politiken. He has been appointed as an expert witness at parliamentary hearings in the Danish parliament. In 2010, Mchangama co-founded the Copenhagen-based network Fri Debat, committed to the protection of freedom of expression. He was awarded the Venstre Party’s Freedom Prize in 2013. Mchangama is the producer and narrator of the podcast “Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech” and the author of the critically acclaimed book “Free Speech: A History From Socrates to Social Media.”

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