Stanley Fish – But We’re Professors: Academic Freedom and Public Employee Law in the United States


Event Date: 10 October 2014
John Snow Lecture Theatre
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel St, Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HT

Birkbeck School of Law presents:

Annual Law Lecture 2013

‘But We’re Professors’: Academic Freedom and Public Employee Law in the United States

The 2014 Annual Law Lecture presented by the School of Law, Birkbeck is ‘But We’re Professors’: Academic Freedom and Public Employee Law in the United States by

Professor Stanley Fish (Florida International University College of Law)

Justification is the key issue in any discussion of academic freedom. Why should academics be granted latitudes and privileges denied to other workers in other professions? One answer sometimes given to this question is that academics are exceptional or uncommon, “men of high gift and character”, and therefore should not suffer under the constraints imposed on ordinary people. In this lecture, Professor Fish explores this claim of academic exceptionalism as it turns up in public employee law in the United States.

Introduction by Professor Patricia Tuitt (Dean, Birkbeck School of Law):

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