Academic Freedom in a Volatile World


The Scholars at Risk Network organizes two sessions on December 8 in Ottawa to discuss threats to academic freedom.

Around the world today, scholars are attacked because of their words, their ideas and their place in society.

The session will begin with a dynamic panel conversation in the Canadian Parliament that will bring attention to the SAR Network and the struggle for academic freedom. In addition to the scholars currently being hosted by Canadian institutions, Dr. Homa Hoodfar, who spent 4 months in jail in Iran, and the Hon. Irwin Cotler will be joining as discussants and contributors on this day. A public panel discussion will follow.

Media are invited to attend the following sessions:

10:30am – 12:00pm       Panel in the Canadian Parliament

   (RCR Building – 1 Wellington Street, Room C-180)

4:00pm – 5:30pm          Public Panel Discussion at the University of Ottawa

  “Academic Freedom in a Volatile World

  (57 Louis-Pasteur, Fauteux Hall Room 147, 1st Floor)


Nandini Ramanujam, Associate Professor (Professional), Faculty of Law, McGill University

She is the Executive Director and Director of Programs at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

nandini.ramanujam [at]