Academic freedom on agenda at James Cook U

Its enterprise agreement negotiation time and the union wants members to know the issue is on its list

Understandably so, the High Court has just found that the protections provided by a previous agreement trumped management’s code of conduct and the National Tertiary Education Union will surely want to keep it at that way (CMM November 1)

The NTEU also specifies that academic freedom should be protected “in accordance with the rights in international instruments.”  This refers to statements on academic freedom from the American Association of University Professors (1940), UNESCO (1997) the International Association of Universities (1998) and the Global Colloquium of University Presidents (2005).

Question is, after the High Court ruling in the Peter Ridd case (which JCU won for reasons outside the protection of free speech in the EA) will the university want to argue.