Dangers, Protections, and the Law
You are invited to this forum to discuss the importance of academic freedom, the threats it faces (both at home and from abroad), the laws that protect it, and possible policy and legal changes to mitigate such threats.
The forum is designed to highlight the gravity of the threats currently posed to academic freedom, both in Britain and in the international context, and to facilitate understanding and analysis of the protections that exist in the UK today, and the further protections that may be needed in the future – particularly in response to the influence of autocratic regimes.
Participants at the event include leading academics, politicians, lawyers and other thinkers. The proceedings will be under Chatham House rules. By involving officials, leading thinkers and campaigners who are currently working in this, the forum’s ultimate aim is to help inform future policy and legislative change. For booking information, see below.
Single-speaker presentations are limited to 20 minutes in duration, allowing 10 minutes for questions after each session. Panel discussions will start with short ‘statements of position’ of approximately 4-5 minutes, before the discussion is opened up to the floor.
Please note that the times below are currently indicative and may be subject to change.
PART I: WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
- 11.20-11.30 Introductory remarks
James Murray to introduce Professor James Tooley, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham
- 11.30-12.00 Session 1 // Opening Keynote Lecture: What is academic freedom and why does it matter?
Professor Kathleen Stock OBE
- 12.05-12.35 Session 2 // Threats to Academic freedom: Hard Data and Policy Approaches in the UK & US
Professor Eric Kaufmann
- 13.10-13.40 Session 3 // Threats to Academic freedom: the United States’ experience
- 13.50-14.30 Session 4 // Threats to Academic freedom: autocratic states // Panel Discussion and Questions
Panel to include: Thomas Tugendhat MBE MP, Professor John Heathershaw and Dr Catherine Owen.
PART II: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
- 14.35-15.15 Session 5 // Defending academic freedom: the law // Panel Discussion and Questions
Panel to include: Chris Willis Pickup, Professor Aileen McColgan QC and James Murray; and the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mance (Chair).
- 15.30-16.10 Session 6 // Defending academic freedom: culture and governance // Panel Discussion and Questions
Panel to include: Dr Arif Ahmed and Dr Paul Yowell; and Professor Dennis Hayes (Chair).
- 16.15-17.00 Session 7 // Concluding Lecture and Discussion: ‘Facing down the threats’
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
To book your place, please complete the brief registration below.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
- Professor John Adamson, Director of the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Buckingham and Fellow of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
- Dr Arif Ahmed, Reader in Philosophy, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Research Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University
- Professor John Heathershaw, Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter
- Dominic Holmes, Head of Employment, Taylor Vinters
- Professor Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London
- Professor Aileen McColgan QC, Barrister, and Professor of Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds
- Douglas Murray, Associate Editor, The Spectator
- James Murray, Research Fellow in Law and Public Policy, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham and Senior Associate, Taylor Vinters
- Dr Catherine Owen, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
- Professor Kathleen Stock OBE, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sussex
- Professor James Tooley, Vice-Chancellor University of Buckingham
- Thomas Tugendhat MBE MP, Chairman, House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee
- Chris Willis Pickup, Partner, Taylor Vinters
- Dr Paul Yowell, Associate Professor of Law, and Fellow of Oriel College, University of Oxford
- The Rt. Hon. the Lord Mance, PC, former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
- Professor Dennis Hayes, Professor of Education and Chair of the College of Education Research Committee (CERC), Programme leader for PhDs in Education
TAYLOR VINTERS // Taylor Vinters is an international law firm supporting the businesses which drive the innovation economy, and the entrepreneurs and private wealth that underpin them.
UNIVERSITY OF BUCKINGHAM // Founded by royal charter, the University of Buckingham is the oldest private University in the United Kingdom, and has been regularly ranked First in the National Student Survey.
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