Thursday, 18 February 2010

UWA v Gray and Academic Freedom

This letter to the Editor in The Times is one of the few I have seen who have notriced that UWA v Gray is about academic areedom, the purpose of the university, institutions' complicity in marketising knowledge and the emerging role of the court in protecting universities' function in society:

Justine Pila from St Catherine's College Oxford rightly said:

'Thus, while universities increasingly operate in the market, they are not of the market, being rather of the purposes contained in their charter or Act. Central to the purposes of many universities is the ideal of the unfettered pursuit of truth, an ideal at the heart of the UWA case'

Though not as UWA presented it. Do we think it is appropriate for the Federal Court to protect academic freedom over the universities?

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