Do institutional review boards stifle free speech?

Increasingly the answer looks like yes.  Zachary Schrag (he is my colleague at GMU but I don’t know him) says yes, here is his blog devoted to the topic.  Here is an article on his endeavors

Zachary writes:

The IRB regime rejects the free-speech approach of relying on tort law to deter bad behavior, and replaces it with the idea that all is forbidden unless it is specifically approved.

Zachary’s wife has excellent cultural taste, and a legal blog.


Consider the difference between what a journalist can do (and indeed should do according to the tenets of their profession) and with what kind of permission compared to what, say, an ethnographer or sociologist can do and should do (and should not do) and with what kind of permission.

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