Human Rights and Equality within the University


These training sessions form part of the C.O.N.T.A.C.T. project, which is a European funded project. This project strives to monitor and report on hate crime and online hate speech in ten European Union countries. Malta is one of the EU countries which is participating in this project and the University of Malta is one of the partner organisations. Further information concerning this project can be obtained from the following page

University of Malta staff involved in this project include Dr Stavros Assimakopoulos, Dr Barbara BaschieraDr Colin Calleja, Dr Albert Gatt and Ms Rebecca Vella Muskat.



Hate Speech: What is it and how can I recognise it? 


Dr Stavros Assimakopoulos - Senior Lecturer  Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology
Dr Colin Calleja - Senior Lecturer - Department of Inclusion & Access to Learning - Faculty of Education
Ms Rebecca Vella Muskat - Assistant Lecturer Centre for English Language Proficiency

Target Audience: All members of staff at UM

Duration of session: 2 hours   

The purpose of this session is to introduce participants to some of the concepts surrounding hate speech. By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify hate speech and distinguish it from other types of discriminatory speech. Participants will become familiar with the definition of hate speech and its interpretation in law. Finally, participants will become acquainted with some of the causes and effects of hate speech and the consequences hate speech can have on individuals, communities, and societies.