Category Archives: Land Reform

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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A land reform explainer for a primary school project on the Highland Clearances

A friend recently got in touch to ask me if I would be willing to assist with her daughter’s primary 7 project. For readers outside Scotland, primary 7 is the last year of primary school before entering secondary education. The … Continue reading

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Exclusion Erosion – Scots property law and the right to exclude

I have published a chapter in a new edited collection of essays, entitled “Exclusion Erosion – Scots property law and the right to exclude”. An open access version of the paper is available here. There is no abstract in the … Continue reading

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