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ERIC Number: EJ842103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0952-8733
Academic Freedom in Europe: Time for a "Magna Charta"?
Karran, Terence
Higher Education Policy, v22 n2 p163-189 Jun 2009
This paper is a preliminary attempt to establish a working definition of academic freedom for the European Union states. The paper details why such a definition is required for the European Union and then examines some of the difficulties of defining academic freedom. By drawing upon the experience of the legal difficulties beset by the concept in the USA and building on previous analyses of constitutional and legislative protection for academic freedom, and of legal regulations regarding institutional governance and academic tenure, a working definition of academic freedom is then derived. The resultant definition, which, it is suggested, could form the basis for a European "Magna Charta Libertatis Academicae", goes beyond traditional discussions of academic freedom by specifying not only the rights inherent in the concept but also its accompanying duties, necessary limitations and safeguards. The paper concludes with proposals for how the definition might be tested and carried forward.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States