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European Advocacy for Academic Freedom

SAR Europe works to increase understanding, protection for, and implementation of academic freedom Europe-wide, by engaging European human rights and higher education systems. This will include bringing activities beyond the doors of the university, and involving new partners, new countries, and new sectors in highly visible advocacy initiatives. Specifically, we aim to:

(1) Inform policymaking in Europe as it relates to academic freedom;
(2) Expand and coordinate advocacy by European actors; and
(3) Increase participation from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.

In so doing, we hope to bridge the gaps between the higher education and human rights communities in Europe, increase the impact of advocacy efforts through better coordination across Europe, and increase visibility and knowledge across Europe of the importance of academic freedom to free and open societies.

European Advocacy Committee

SAR Europe is supported in its work by members of the European Coordinating Committee for Academic Freedom Advocacy.

Policy submissions

SAR Europe seeks stronger European policymaking on academic freedom, grounded in data and analysis, with practical corrective measures for violations.

Country Situations

SAR Europe currently operates as an independent, informal research unit within the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) under a hosting agreement between Maynooth University…

Scholars in Prison

Scholars at Risk coordinates advocacy activities on behalf of scholars and students wrongfully imprisoned, as well as against widespread threats to an entire faculty, university, or system.


Useful resources on academic freedom-related matters.