The links below will take you to several seminal documents which were taken as a starting point by the Joint IAU-MCO Working Group as they worked on the drafting of the Guidelines.
The IAU Statement on Academic Freedom, University Autonomy and Social Responsibility;
The Magna Charta Universitatum;
UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel;
The Bucharest Declaration on Ethical Values and Principles of Higher Education in the Europe Region.