Academic Freedom and University Autonomy

Stobbs, Nigel, Varnham, Sally, & Kamvounias, Patty (2015) Academic Freedom and University Autonomy. In Varnham, Sally, Kamvounias, Patty, & Squelch, Joan (Eds.) Higher Education and the Law. The Federation Press, Sydney, New South Wales, pp. 203-214.

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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.

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ID Code: 87057
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: higher education and the law, higher education, academic freedom, HERN
ISBN: 9781760020255
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Federation Press
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2015 02:13
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 05:57

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