Category Archives: Devolution

Resorting to Crime

On Thursday 17 January I attended a lecture of the new Regius Professor at the University of Glasgow, James Chalmers. His inaugural* lecture, the beginning of a programme of events for the Tercentenary of the Regius Chair, was entitled Resorting To Crime (PDF). Do have a … Continue reading

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Ruaig an Fhèidh and A1P1 revisited

“The Deer Drive”, to give the English form of the Gaelic contained in this blog’s title, was a nineteenth century event at Pairc on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Landless and impoverished Gaels were moved to take … Continue reading

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That pesky thing called judicial review

Judicial review, eh? I mean, what a bind. Having to deal with NIMBYs getting in the way of capital projects, and all that. Imagine, then, my relief that ‘David Cameron has promised to crack down on “time-wasting” caused by the … Continue reading

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Self-Determination at the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum

Mini-blog time. You may recall I had a previous post on self-determination and its role in any referendum on Scottish independence. I have updated this post and it is now hosted at the rather more salubrious internet address of the … Continue reading

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Property and positive obligations under the ECHR

The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (“ECHR”) is a well known, sometimes misunderstood but crucially important international law instrument. It does many things, from its absolute prohibition on torture (no exceptions or wriggle room as far … Continue reading

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Harming Scots Law

“Holyrood ‘has harmed’ Scots law”. That, at least, is what a BBC headline proclaimed in its report of comments by a well known, respected and livewire Scots legal commentator Alastair Bonnington. His initial comments in the Times (presumably available behind … Continue reading

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