Title: The concept of 'public space of fundamental rights' (public space and the exercise of fundamental rights)

Authors: Francisco J. Bastida Freijedo

Addresses: Departamento de Derecho Público, University of Oviedo, Campus de El Cristo, Oviedo-33006, Spain

Abstract: The expression 'public space of fundamental rights' refers to public space as related to the exercise of fundamental rights. The present paper aims to identify what is 'public space'; the underlying thesis is that, in democracy, fundamental rights require a public space in which they can be expressed, since exercising them creates a public sphere in whose absence the democratic system would not be recognisable. The public space of fundamental rights is therefore not only a physical space, but also - and especially in the public sphere - the bundle of communications created by the exercise of fundamental rights within the community. Delimiting physical and virtual public spaces is not an administrative but a constitutional matter, something that also applies to the regulation of what can and cannot be done in it. The present paper studies from this perspective the crisis of public space and the new public spaces.

Keywords: public space; public sphere; mass media; fundamental rights; democracy; new public spaces.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2016.079648

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2016 Vol.4 No.3, pp.183 - 198

Received: 22 Jun 2016
Accepted: 07 Jul 2016

Published online: 06 Oct 2016 *

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