Protecting the Scientific Endeavor

Science Under Siege

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund has fought for the scientific endeavor since 2011. Our initiatives ensure that scientists can conduct, publish, and discuss their research and advocate for science without the threat of political harassment, censorship, or legal intimidation.
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10 Years of Defending Science

Since 2011, we have helped over 220 individuals defend science against industry-funded attacks, fight government and institutional censorship, and stand up for scientific and climate progress.

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Our Work

We provide free legal aid and resources to researchers, educate the scientific community about their rights and responsibilities, and strengthen legal protections to promote scientific integrity.

Scientific Integrity Reporting Project

In partnership with Government Accountability Project, we’ve launched a confidential, anonymous platform for scientists and others in science-adjacent roles to detail experiences involving past and ongoing threats to scientific norms and scientific integrity. We plan to draw upon these stories to learn about how to better protect science in the future; legal advice and potential representation will also be available to those who contact us.

Safeguarding Scientific Integrity

We promote scientific integrity reforms to ensure the best available research and data inform government decision-making. And we publish resources to advance understanding of how research institutions and federal agencies approach scientific integrity — and how to strengthen legal protections for science and scientists.

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Latest Resources and Activities

Pocket Guide for Scientists: The First Amendment

This guide helps scientists navigate the First Amendment so they can be involved in their communities and the political process while minimizing concerns about negative repercussions in their professional lives.

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Scientists: Know Your Rights 

The legal risks for any individual scientist are small, but there are actions you can take to protect and defend yourself, especially if you’re involved in scientific advocacy and activism.

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