Category Archives: Land Reform

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 … Continue reading

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BBC feature – “Dukes, aristocrats and tycoons: Who owns Scotland?”

I was recently approached by BBC Scotland’s Morgan Spence to participate in a feature about land ownership in Scotland. This task of producing this was something that Morgan gamely undertook in response to a request from readers of the BBC … Continue reading

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Access to land and access to justice: an update from SULU

Last year, I was involved in the launch of an initiative called the Scottish University Land Unit. As detailed at some length in an earlier blog post, this was and indeed is designed to partner the skills and enthusiasm of … Continue reading

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Scottish Land Commission Investigation into the Issues Associated with Large scale and Concentrated Landownership in Scotland

On 20 March 2019, the Scottish Land Commission published a Report (PDF) on its website, and used that Report as an opportunity to make a number of recommendations about Scotland’s land. The Report is entitled “Investigation into the Issues Associated … Continue reading

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Landlocked: the continuing separate treatment of moveable and immoveable property by the law of succession in Scotland

In the 19th century, the American property reformer Thomas Skidmore (author of a tract entitled The Right of Man to Property!) advocated an approach whereby property rights would end when a land owner died. That is to say, land rights … Continue reading

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Research on the effectiveness of community ownership mechanisms in Scotland

A news item was published on the Scottish Land Commission website today, headed “Community ownership should become routine option for communities across Scotland, says new report“. This story introduce a report (PDF) by the Commission to the Scottish Government, entitled … Continue reading

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Inelegantly wasted

On 21 September, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Scottish Land Commission launched an “innovative partnership and taskforce” to try to get Scotland’s vacant and derelict land into more productive, and more socially and environmentally healthy, use. Details of … Continue reading

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