[A2k] Right to Science and Culture in National Constitutions

Jessica Wyndham jwyndham at aaas.org
Fri Jan 26 05:11:47 PST 2018

Hi, Heesob,

The AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program has been focusing on this right for the past 10 years. As part of our efforts, we have reviewed all periodic reports submitted to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Attached is an excerpt from our work that includes all references to constitutional mention of the right to science. I hope this is helpful.

Additional information we have produced and collated is available here: https://www.aaas.org/page/article-15-resources. I welcome suggestions for additional resources we should include.

Kind regards,

Jessica Wyndham

Jessica M Wyndham 
Director, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005 USA
Ph: +1 202 326 6604
Fax: +1 202 289 4950
jwyndham at aaas.org


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Subject: [A2k] Right to Science and Culture in National Constitutions

I'm looking for national constitutions that recognise, directly or indirectly, the right to science and culture enshrined in Art. 15 of ICESCR and Art. 27 of UDHR.

Mr. President of South Korea pledged to hold a referendum on constitutional amendment in this June and this month the advisory committee of the National Assembly proposed draft provisions for the amendment. The draft provisions include a clause: "everyone has the right to enjoy information and culture".

The term "right to enjoy information and culture" first appeared in the special report of the National Human Rights Commissions" in 2013 (English translation can be downloaded at
and its intention was to encompass the right to science and culture.

If your constitutions have any provision to support the right to science and culture, please let me know.


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