Professor David Bilchitz writes:
“ACADEMIC boycotts are once again in the spotlight. This week, the question will return to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) senate whether it should discontinue its research relationship with Ben Gurion University (BGU). If it decides to terminate the relationship on the grounds that this would be contrary to the values of UJ — which involve respecting diversity, and human dignity — it will be required to evaluate all its existing agreements with institutions abroad. It is likely that further discontinuations will be required, including that with a university in Belarus.
Though some academics have come out in support of an academic boycott, many others have not. It is important to understand the reasons why some of us who are deeply committed to promoting fundamental rights in all parts of the world believe academic boycotts are a seriously misguided strategy.”
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