Protection from institutional censorship : An essential aspect of academic freedom

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Swannie, Bill. (2022). Protection from institutional censorship : An essential aspect of academic freedom. University of New South Wales Law Journal. 45(4), pp. 1489-1512. https://doi.org/10.53637/DHIC5747
AuthorsSwannie, Bill
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Traditional conceptions of academic freedom emphasise the importance of universities being free from external regulation or interference, to enable them to produce and disseminate expert knowledge through teaching, research, and scholarship. However, recent Australian court decisions and scholarship highlight the importance of protecting academic staff from disciplinary action by a university as an employer. Universities themselves may threaten academic freedom by punishing scholars for public comments within their areas of expertise. As academic freedom exists for the public benefit, rather than the benefit of universities or individual academics, legislation is needed to prevent universities from censoring scholars regarding public comment on matters within their expertise.

Year2022
JournalUniversity of New South Wales Law Journal
Journal citation45 (4), pp. 1489-1512
PublisherFaculty of Law, University of New South Wales
ISSN0313-0096
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.53637/DHIC5747
Page range1489-1512
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