Is freedom of expression in academia under threat from academics themselves?

Steven Greer

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While student-led ‘safe spaces’ and ‘no platforming’ campaigns are well-known, social media have also facilitated mounting intolerance and self-righteous militancy on the part of certain academics themselves. The challenge for institutions is to ensure such threats are effectively addressed without unreasonably curtailing free speech itself. Institution-specific codes of conduct, including commitments to freedom of expression, and to countering workplace bullying, should be much easier to activate and much more vigorously enforced. Other relevant institutions should also take this issue more seriously than is currently the case. Finally, in addition to more formal sanctions, those who exploit freedom of expression in the academy in order to censor others should be named and shamed as publicly as possible.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationUniversity of Bristol Law School Blog
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2019


  • Freedom of expression, academic freedom


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