LSE statement on freedom of speech

LSE Director, Baroness Shafik

Freedom of academic enquiry, thought and speech underpins everything we do at LSE. These freedoms are fundamental to our founding purpose to ‘understand the causes of things’ and we are proud to be a diverse, global community who come together to explore, study and discuss a wide range of social issues through our academic research, educational practices and rigorous debate. We want to provide an environment where ideas are discussed and debated freely and openly within the law.

LSE provides a wide range of fora where free and frank intellectual exchanges take place and within this both the diverse views of individuals are tolerated and the voices of those who wish to peacefully protest. This is central to our culture and protected in law.