Scholars Urge Supreme Court to Take Up Case Involving Researchers’ Pledges to Confidentiality

December 21, 2012

More than a dozen social scientists have joined news-media advocacy groups in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case involving government efforts to force Boston College to hand over confidential interviews with former members of the Irish Republican Army. In an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief filed on Wednesday, 14 social-science scholars, all from universities in Indiana, argue that their ability to carry out sensitive research has been undermined by a federal appeals court's ruling requiring Boston College to give British authorities records of confidential IRA interviews that are housed at an archive there.