Free Speech in Universities

17th September 2021

9am UK time, 4pm Hong Kong time.

Former Warden, Ken Macdonald QC will give the HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture.

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  • Ken Macdonald QC

Many people fear that free speech protections are weakening in British and North American universities. But what is the role of free speech in an academic institution? And is it really true that a combination of British government anti-terrorist programmes and a censorious transatlantic ‘woke culture’ is undermining the free exchange of ideas in our universities, encouraging self-censorship amongst professors and students, and putting academic freedom itself at risk?

Ken Macdonald QC; Former Director of Public Prosecutions; Warden of Wadham College, Oxford (2012-21); Matrix Chambers