Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 Scrapbook

It has been a busy time for land reform recently, in terms of legislation and electioneering. It has also been a busy time for me, in terms of writing and conferencing, not to mention the day job. This blog post … Continue reading

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Should Scottish communities have a right to force a sale of land? A view from 2003

Does anyone remember the time the SNP tried to beef up the community right to buy in the final throes of the (first) Land Reform (Scotland) Act? To explain, Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gave rural … Continue reading

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New global commitments to expose punish and drive out corruption: implications for Scotland?

A mini-blog, on an issue that largely speaks for itself. Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 has rules about transparency of landownership. These went through several turns of consultation and drafting, to leave us with: Section 39 … Continue reading

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Access to land and access to justice: the #indycamp at the Court of Session (and still at Holyrood, for now)

On 5 May 2016 Lord Turnbull issued his Opinion in the petition of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body against “The Sovereign Indigenous Peoples of Scotland” and a Mr Arthur McManus Gemmell. The petitioner owns the Scottish Parliament’s real estate in Edinburgh. … Continue reading

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