Cases

Academic Freedom at University to research controversial subjects

19th February 2019

This case is about academic freedom; consequently, it is a case of vital importance and is of wider public interest. Academic freedom is a facet of intellectual development and societal growth: Rationality and reason are engaged in this case.

Mr Caspian is a psychotherapist with an esteemed reputation in the field of gender transition and gender dysphoria; he has published on transgender psychology. He has worked at a private gender clinic; and for two years was a Trustee of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

Mr. Caspian’s research proposal entitled ‘An examination of the experience of people who have undergone Reverse Gender Re-assignment surgery’ was approved, but later revoked due to concerns about trans-activists opposition. The university stated their decision was one of academic judgment.