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Research and Human Rights​

An International Conference Hosted by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Academic freedom - the practice of critical inquiry, the free exchange of ideas and pursuit of knowledge and research without unreasonable interference or restriction from law – is essential to scientific inquiry and the dissemination of new knowledge to the benefit of global society.  Attacks on fundamental rights to free expression, association and movement seen around the world today threaten not only the security of researchers and scholars, but also the exercise of academic freedom.

On September 26, 2019, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters hosted an international conference, 
Research and Human Rights, to address situations in which academic freedom is under attack.  The conference brought together scholars from across disciplines to speak on various topics within this context.  In her role as Executive Director of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, Dr. Everly presented on the topic of national academy engagement in human rights activities.  Other topics included the relationship between human rights and human rights law and how scholarship can defend the human in an era of New nationalism.  The event also featured testimonies from individuals who have suffered human rights abuses in connection with their peaceful scholarly pursuits.  In addition, it highlighted the importance of incorporating a human rights perspective into academic research, in order to enhance research results and enable more responsible solutions to pressing societal challenges. A book, Research and Human Rights, featuring essays from the conference speakers on the topic of research and human rights, was released in September 2020.

The conference was organized by Professor Jakob Lothe, Professor in English Literature at the University of Oslo and Leader of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters' Committee for Human Rights. 

To view the conference program and speakers’ bios, please click 

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