A piece by SAR Europe Director Sinead O’Gorman for European University Association.
Academic freedom is in the news. Recent declarations, resolutions, and communiqués on academic freedom by the European Research Area, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE), and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) represent significant progress in strengthening protections for academic freedom, while a landmark decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union reinforces its relevance to EU law. There is a common recognition of the need to act. A concerted implementation effort to deliver on the promise of academic freedom involving a broad range of actors—human rights and higher education communities working with governments and intergovernmental organisations across Europe—must be the next priority.
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