Freedom of Speech - Academic Integrity
"Comfort Women" | "Trostfrauen" | Ramseyer
Akademische Integrität steht auf dem Spiel. Abuse of History.
Quelle: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 19 | Issue 5 | Number 12 | Article ID 5542 | Mar 01, 2021
Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis von Japan Focus.
The ‘Comfort Women’ Issue, Freedom of Speech, and Academic Integrity: A Study Aid
In December 2020, an article by J.Mark Ramseyer of Harvard University about the so-called ‘comfort women’ issue was published in the International Review of Law and Economics. This article caused widespread controversy amongst scholars, many of whom responded with serious criticisms of its content. On the other hand, some commentators argued that Ramseyer’s critics were seeking to suppress his right to express controversial opinions. In the past few years, there has been widespread international debate both about the protection of free speech and about problems of assessing the quality of knowledge and distinguishing well-founded information from ‘fake news’. Against that background, this study aid aims to encourage debate about ways to maintain research integrity while protecting free speech, and uses the example of the Ramseyer article to provide illustrative material. This is the first in a series of responses on the “comfort women” issue prompted by the Ramseyer article.