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