New law on academic freedom in Norway?

13.02.2006
A committee established by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research will probably suggest a new law on academic freedom for the individual researcher. Today there is no such law in Norway, only one protecting the research institutes.
Professor of law Jan Fridthjof Bernt, a member of the committee, thinks the academic freedom will face serious threats in the years to come:
"In my opinion there are many different powers pulling at the researchers which makes it necessary to establish laws that mark the principle of academic freedom and integrity as a basic principle for our entire university system", Bernt says to magazine Forskerforum. He points out the need for a research that is independent of the interests of the institutions, be those economic or profile-related.

The committee is chaired by professor of political science and former rector of the University of Oslo, Arild Underdal.
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