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Workshop | Academic freedom: conceptualisation, contestations and constitutional challenges

Feb 09, 2023 - Feb 10, 2023

The workshop is orgqanized by the SCRIPTS project team on Academic Freedom and supported by SCRIPTS, the Center for Global Constitutionalism at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE).


Thursday 9 February 2023

13:45 Opening remarks
Balázs Majtényi (ELTE University)/Gábor Zoltán Szűcs (ELTE University)

14:00-15:30 Panel One: Academic Freedom and the Liberal Script
Chair: Kriszta Kovács (WZB Berlin Social Science Center, ELTE University)

  • What is the Point of Academic Freedom?
    Mattias Kumm (WZB Berlin Social Science Center, New York University)
  • Academic Freedom: Regional, Liberal, Global?
    Tanja Börzel (Freie Universität Berlin)

Discussants: Anna Unger (ELTE University), Gábor Attila Tóth (Humboldt Fellow,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

15:30-15:50 Coffee break

15:50-17.20 Panel Two: Academic Freedom Over Time and Space
Chair: Mattias Kumm

  • How Norm-entrepreneurs at the United Nations Made Free Science a Human Right?
    Katrin Kinzelbach (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • The Constitutional Codification of Academic Freedom Over Time and Space
    Janika Spannagel (Freie Universität Berlin)

Discussants: Ágnes Kövér (ELTE University), Balázs Majtényi

Friday 10 February 2023

9:30-11:00 Panel Three: Academic Freedom at the Regional Level 1
Chair: Katrin Kinzelbach

  • Returning to China: Academic Freedom in Hong Kong
    Hualing Fu (University of Hong Kong)
  • Academic Freedom as a Legal Concept in Europe
    Kriszta Kovács

Discussant: Lilla Farkas (ELTE University), Tamás Ziegler (ELTE University)

11:00-11:20 Coffee break

11.20-12:50 Panel Four: Academic Freedom at the Regional Level 2
Chair: Tanja Börzel

  • Constitution-making, Democratisation and Links with Academic Freedom in Africa
    Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua (University of Ghana)
  • The Latin American Tradition of University Autonomy and Its Evolution in the
    Constitutional Law of Chile
    Andrés Bernasconi (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)

Discussants: Orsolya Salát (ELTE University), Katrin Kinzelbach

12:50-13:50 Lunch break

14:00-15:30 Panel Five: Contestations of Academic Freedom
Chair: Janika Spannagel

  • Authoritarian Governance of Higher Education in Eastern Europe: Reconstructing a European Counter-Culture
    Tamás Ziegler
  • The Challenge to Academic Freedom in Hungary
    Andrew Ryder (ELTE University)

Discussants: Zsolt Körtvélyesi (ELTE University), Mária Heller (ELTE University)

15:30 Closing remarks: Tanja Börzel, Mattias Kumm

Attending the Event

The event is open to the public, but the number of participants is restricted. To register, please email by 31 January 2023 to hilde.ottschofski@wzb.eu.

Time & Location

Feb 09, 2023 - Feb 10, 2023

Novotel Budapest Danube