Nik Williams: Let's seize this chance to ensure Scots defamation law protects free expression for all
Nik Williams, project manager at Scottish PEN, says that Scotland is closer than ever to defamation reform, ensuring free expression is beyond the coercive control of the rich and powerful
Still more questions than answers on the legal implications of Brexit in Scotland, experts argue
Mark McKergow reports for CommonSpace on a legal seminar in Edinburgh on Brexit, looking at the environment, consumer protection, family, trade/tax plus more
A YEAR after the triggering of Article 50 and following several near-crisis moments in the negotiations, legal experts in Edinburgh agree that there are still many more questions than answers to the legal implications of Brexit.
RebLaw: How student lawyers in Scotland are rebelling for social justice
Glasgow University students and RebLaw volunteers Susan Nelson and Christopher Clannachan explain how law trainees are finding their rebel spirit
SATURDAY 11 March 2017 marked the inaugural RebLaw Scotland conference held at the University of Glasgow.
RebLaw is a movement of "rebellious lawyering". It originated in Yale law school and, being the largest student-run public interest conference in the United States, seeks to address how the law can be used as a tool for social justice.
What's the record? Corbyn vs May on security and counter terror
CommonSpace looks at the policy issue now overwhelming this year’s General Election campaign: security
SECURITY AND COUNTER TERRORISM have come to dominate the UK General Election following the attacks in Manchester a fortnight ago and London Bridge on Saturday (4 June,) which took 29 lives combined and left many injured.
Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry charged in relation to alleged fraud offences
MP linked to offences connected with the groups Women for Independence and the SNP Glasgow Regional Association
NATALIE MCGARRY, the MP for Glasgow East, has been charged “in connection with alleged fraud offences”, according to Police Scotland.
The alleged offences, that reportedly involve a five-figure sum, are believed to be linked to McGarry’s prior involvement with the campaign group Women for Independence (WFI).
Nicky MacCrimmon: What the Supreme Court really said about Named Person and what it means
Perthshire community worker Nicky MacCrimmon outlines today's Supreme Court decision on the controversial Named Person legislation and what it means
IN A monumental day for one of the Scottish Government’s flagship policies, the Supreme Court finally released its ruling on the Named Person Scheme and the Scottish Parliament’s competency to implement it under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
Oxford scholar: Accession in EU's 'material interest'
“It would be in the EU's interests for Scotland to remain,” says senior adviser in Brussels
IN a policy brief released on Thursday a senior adviser at the European Policy Centre, Brussels, suggested that the European Union (EU) would be better off accepting Scotland whether as part of the UK or as an independent state.
Graham Avery, also a senior member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University, expressed his personal views in the briefing paper on the path forward for Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
"Reckless" May attacked by Amnesty International over threat to Human Rights Act
Tory PM finds foes in rights’ groups before polling day over proposed terror law shake up
THERESA MAY, the UK Prime Minister, has been branded “reckless and misinformed” by Amnesty International after she pledged yesterday (Tuesday 6 June) that her government would consider altering the Human Rights framework in the fight against terror.
The PM declared she is prepared to “rip-up” human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects in a move that charities say could see government overreach, affecting the mistaken and innocent.
Care groups and churches apologise for abuse and missing records in Scottish child abuse trial
Historic child abuse crimes aired in hearing as charities and churches apologise for loss of records and abuse
CARE GROUPS AND CHURCHS IN SCOTLAND have expressed deep regret and shame to the victims of child abuse at a hearing into “historical crimes” at the first hearing of Scotland’s child abuse inquiry.
At the first session of Scotland’s child abuse inquiry, nine Catholic bodies and other agencies, including Quarriers and CrossReach, a Church of Scotland organisation, offered apologies for the behaviour of some of their staff.