Scholars at Risk network

Scholars At Risk

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of Universities founded in 1999 at the University of Chicago. SAR mission is to protect scholars whose lives are in danger or whose work is severely compromised. SAR is currently part of the Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR) and the Scholars Rescue Fund (SRF) - Institute of International Education (IIE). Currently, 664 universities in 43 countries are part of the network.

SAR Italy section

SAR Italy is a partnership among Italian universities and research institutes that are part of the international network. The governance structures of the member universities, along with professors, students and all staff who have formed SAR Italy send a strong signal of solidarity to scholars and universities around the world whose academic freedom is restricted and research, teaching and training activities are repressed.


SAR Italy works by sharing information, exchanging best practices, collaborating in protection and advocacy activities and organizing awareness-raising events.


Since 2021 the University of Turin has been a member of the executive board of the Italian section of Scholars at Risk and since 2023 it has also been coordinator of the national network, with Prof. Roberta Ricucci picking up the baton from Prof. Barbara Gagliardi as the delegated professor for the University. Coordination is shared with the Scuola Superiore di Catania, in a logic of collaboration and representativeness of the national dimension.


UniTo also collaborates with SAR International as part of the Law Department's clinical course Strategic Litigation: International Human Rights Legal Clinic.


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