Opinion on the proposal of the 9th December 2020 to amend The Law on Higher Education and Science (“the academic freedom” package)

Komitet Etyki w Nauce Polskiej Akademii Nauk


In response to a legislative initiative of the Minister of Education and Science to regulate academic freedom, the Committee of Ethics in Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences states that the initiative does not identify a problem with freedom of expression of worldview, religious or philosophical convictions but produces it. The initiative does not distinguish between the methodological demands of science that apply to individuals as researchers and the freedom of expression enjoyed by citizens. It encourages legitimization of non-scientific and anti-scientific claims within academic debate. In consequence, implementation of the proposed regulation will have a negative impact on the quality of scientific research and public debate in Poland.


academic freedom; freedom of expression; research ethics; public debate

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