Academic Freedom  

The doctrine of academic freedom provides additional protections for certain forms of academic expression.  This section will provide best practices for the protection of academic freedom. 

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Legal Task Force

The Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Legal Task Force, headed by LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, issued an important statement of the Principles on Academic Freedom and the Freedom of Speech.

These principles explain how academic freedom and the freedom of speech can be fully maintained when difficult controversies arise involving the political situation of the modern Middle East.

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Harvard University

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust has repeatedly denounced proposed boycotts of Israeli university and academics, as in this August 2007 statement explaining that they are antithetical to the doctrine of academic freedom.

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Over 50% of Jewish American college students report that they experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the 2013-2014 academic year. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced that campus anti-Semitism “is a serious problem which warrants further attention.” Campus anti-Semitism can include subjecting Jewish students to different treatment, harassment, violence or a hostile environment. In some cases, campus anti-Semitism is related to anti-Israel sentiment. In other cases, it is not. For most purposes, we define anti-Semitism according to the U.S. Department of State definition of anti-Semitism. .
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Jeffrey S. Robbins
Jeff specializes in complex civil litigation, including litigation involving allegations of fraud, First Amendment issues, and claims of defamation.
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