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Scholars at Risk

An international network for threatened researchers

Lund University has been a member of Scholars at Risk (SAR) since 2014. SAR is a network of over 500 member universities in 42 countries that supports and defends the principles of academic freedom and defends human rights for researchers around the world. The network supports threatened researchers by arranging sanctuaries at the member universities.

Visit the SAR website for more information

Watch the movie about SAR on YouTube

In Sweden, 21 higher education institutions are members of SAR and SAR-Sweden meets approximately once per semester to exchange experiences and plan joint activities. At Lund University, there are currently two threatened researchers.

Threatened researchers can apply to Sweden and Lund University by contacting Scholars at Risk via

Scholars at Risk and Academic Freedom
– a webinar series

Protecting student expression globally – a roundtable discussion

An evening webinar 19 May at 19:00

Students' right to organise and to voice opinion is an integral part of higher education. Still, in many parts of the world students’ freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, and the right to education are threatened. State and institutional actors – including universities – restrict and attack student expression through the use of force, coercive and disciplinary actions. 

Target group: Mainly students, but also staff at LU.

The panel will consist of students and scholars involved in the protection and promotion of student expression across the globe.

Read more about global threats to student expression in Scholars at Risk’s 2020 report “Free to think” 

Co-organiser: The Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund – UPF.

Link to the Facebook event

Link to programme and registration

Academic freedom globally

In 2020, the UN General Assembly received a report on academic freedom from David Keye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Download the report from the UN website

Watch the presentation “Freedom of Opinion and Expression and Academic Freedom” on YouTube

EU Research Ministers adopted in October 2020 a declaration on the important role of governments in protecting the freedom of scientific research, and in protecting academic freedom in the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) as well as in the European Research Area (ERA).

Read the report “Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Scientific Research” on the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research's own website


Pär Svensson
International coordinator
+46 46 222 77 42
par [dot] svensson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

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