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ISBN: 9781459406292-11

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Academic Freedom and the Federal Idea

From: Academic Freedom in Conflict


David Schneiderman addresses respectful workplace policies that universities and colleges have adopted as the diversification of post-secondary educational institutions has given rise to challenges to traditional academic practices. He notes the serious tension between such policies and academic freedom, which is deemed by many to be irresolvable. He proposes reframing the matter using a version of federalism that recognizes pluralism and autonomy as a means of facilitating diversity.



David Schneiderman

DAVID SCHNEIDERMAN is Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto where he teaches Canadian and US constitutional law and international investment law. He has written numerous articles and edited several books on Canadian and comparative constitutional law and on constitutionalism and globalization. He has coauthored The Last Word: Media Coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada and written Constitutionalizing Economic Globalization: Investment Rules and Democracy’s Promise and Resisting Economic Globalization: Critical Theory and International Investment Law. He has been Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the New School for Social Research and the School of Law, Columbia University.