Category Archives: ECHR

Access to land, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly: the endgame for the #indycamp

The #indycamp at Holyrood is on borrowed time. That much is clear, now that the Court of Session judgment of Lord Turnbull has been published. (See also the BBC News report here.) I think it would be fair to say … 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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Is it because we don’t sound Scottish?

This question has been asked, apparently in all seriousness, by a landowner* in a recent Spectator article. A lot could be said about that article. I will restrict myself to one point in this blog, namely taking one straw man … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution – Salvesen v Riddell

When a court judgment is released by the Court of Session, it is now given a “neutral citation”. This begins with the year [in square brackets], either “CSOH” or “CSIH” (depending on whether it was the Outer or Inner House), … Continue reading

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Land Reform in Review – Aberdeen Symposium

The King once suggested that we might all benefit from a little less conversation and a little more action. As is well known, the King in question was Elvis Presley. What is less well known is that he was talking … Continue reading

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Salvesen v Riddell – Remedial Order

In a legal system that draws on precedent, legal commentators can be sucked into writing about a particular case again and again all too easily. In my case, this has happened with the Salvesen v Riddell saga, which I have … Continue reading

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Putting the fans in control

On 23 January the Scottish Green Party put forward plans to give football fans a right to acquire their clubs in certain circumstances. Alison Johnstone (a list MSP for the Lothians) has produced a document entitled “Putting the fans in … Continue reading

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