Academic Freedom and University Autonomy
Nigel Stobbs Academic Freedom and University Autonomy in 'Higher Education and the Law' Edited by Sally Varnham, Patty Kamvounias and Joan Squelch  The Federation Press: Sydney
12 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2015
Date Written: July 24, 2015
This chapter examines the law in relation to the doctrines of university autonomy and academic freedom, in the Australian context. It first considers some traditional misconceptions and surrounding these doctrines, which seem to have obscured the real nature of the relationship between universities and the state. It then examines some laws and legal instruments at an international, federal and State level which define and regulate these freedoms. It considers some contemporary controversies, to illustrate both the strengths and weaknesses surrounding how alleged infringements of academic freedom and independence have been managed. It concludes with a look at an important emerging challenge which has implications for how we might avoid and manage such controversies in the future.
Keywords: Academic freedom
JEL Classification: K00, K40
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