The Parable of Portobello: Lessons and Questions from the First Urban Acquisition Under the Scottish Community Right-to-Buy Regime

A short blog (sign)post, to point you towards an article in the Montana Law Review considering land reform in Scotland, by Professor John Lovett (of Loyola University, New Orleans) and me.

The paper should, I think, be freely accessible in the UK, but if for whatever reason you cannot access it please let me know and I can try to get you a copy.

As the paper is open access, I won’t say too much about it here, other than to note that writing it was a useful challenge for me in that I had to bring this together with an American/international audience in mind. Needless to say, having John as a co-author helped massively in that regard. It also helped to have a useful case study to riff off, and that case study was the relatively recent urban community buyout of Bellfield in Portobello. We hope we have done the community’s story justice and also that other communities might find something of use in our paper.

The paper acknowledges the helpful comments on earlier drafts of this essay provided by Ian Cooke, Jayne Glass, Frankie McCarthy, Annie Tindley and Kirsteen Shields, and I acknowledge them all again here. Thanks also to the team at the Montana Law Review.

Finally, to give you an idea of the place, here are some photos, taken by me when John and I visited Portobello in 2018.

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John Lovett (left) and Ian Cooke at Bellfield

About basedrones

Bachelor of Laws. Scots lawyer working at the University of Aberdeen. English law qualified. Took far too long to write this bio. Blogs on legal issues, with occasional veering into other purportedly intellectual stuff from time to time. Tweets about legal issues, education, law clinics, fitba, music, rogue cell division and not at all about politics at @MalcolmCombe.
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1 Response to The Parable of Portobello: Lessons and Questions from the First Urban Acquisition Under the Scottish Community Right-to-Buy Regime

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