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Academic freedom in Europe: a preliminary comparative analysis

By Terence Karran

Abstract

Using comparative data from 23 states within the European Union, this paper is a preliminary assessment of the protection for, and (by extension) the health of, academic freedom in the universities of the nations of the European Union. The paper examines constitutional and legislative protection for academic freedom, along with legal regulations concerning institutional governance, the appointment of the Rector and the existence of academic tenure, in order to create a composite picture of the health of academic freedom in the universities within the European Union nations. Additionally the paper considers how this preliminary analysis could be extended through possible further research to aid refinement of the results, and what policy steps could usefully be adopted at European level to protect and strengthen academic freedom

Topics: X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1057/palgrave.hep.8300159
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:1609

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