Tag Archives: Human Rights

Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement: A Consultation Response

I submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation (PDF) on the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement today. This Statement is provided for in Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016. You can find my response here (PDF). … Continue reading

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The Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe: Position Papers

The United Kingdom’s referendum vote to leave the European Union raises many legal questions for Scotland and the other UK jurisdictions about the implementation and implications of Brexit. One initiative that aims to consider these questions is the Scottish Universities Legal … Continue reading

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What is happening at Colstoun Mains? Land reform and agricultural holdings in microcosm

Martinmas is the latest of the four Scottish quarter days in the calendar year. It might not be a day or a date known to many – by statute it falls on 28 November – but those involved in Scots … Continue reading

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The Future of Land Reform in Scotland (in 2015)

I went for a walk at the weekend, up Scolty Hill (near Banchory). As you can see, it was a pleasant day, with clear views down to Banchory then along the course of the Dee its mouth at Aberdeen. You … 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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Thoughts on Stage 1 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

Last week I made a submission to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee of the Scottish Parliament, responding to its Call for Evidence at Stage 1 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. That submission and 153 others are available online … Continue reading

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Why I am voting Yes in the Scottish independence referendum

Congratulations, you have read past the headline. I hope you will stay with me for the rest of this post, but I appreciate many people – of either Yes Scotland or Better Together persuasion – have already read quite enough. … Continue reading

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