Global Ethics Weekly: The Right to Science, with Helle Porsdam

Nov 15, 2018

The right to benefit from scientific progress was enshrined in the United Nations' 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, explains University of Copenhagen's Professor Helle Porsdam. Unfortunately, many people, including scientists and policymakers, don't know much about it. How was the right to science developed? What are examples? And, with an anti-science administration in the White House today, what are the contentious issues?

The right to benefit from scientific progress was enshrined in the United Nations' 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, explains University of Copenhagen's Professor Helle Porsdam. Unfortunately, many people, including scientists and policymakers, don't know much about it. How was the right to science developed? What are examples? And, with an anti-science administration in the White House today, what are the contentious issues?

Porsdam, a Global Ethics Fellow Alumna, recently co-wrote an article about this subject entitled "Opinion: Advocating for science progress as a human right," which appeared last month in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

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