By Alexandra Antonescu and Lea Meister. Violations of student rights and academic freedom are severe abuses of the fundamental values of the European Higher Education Area. These principles, which are laid down in Magna Charta Universitatum of 1988 and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation (CM/Rec(2012)7) on the responsibility of public authorities for academic freedom and institutional autonomy, are an integral part of the Bologna Process and are being discussed in the lead-up to the Ministerial Conference in Paris in 2018. More...