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Improving family justice

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Two research projects on family law have been awarded funding by the Scottish Government. Professor Jane Mair will lead on the project ‘Domestic Abuse and Child Contact – the interface between criminal and civil justice’.  The Scottish Government have issued the following news release: Research into the family justice system will help improve understanding of the… Continue reading

Getting the (Law) Right for Every Child

Published on: Author: jennifercrawford 5 Comments

When the long awaited Supreme Court judgment was issued yesterday morning, the Scottish government, behind the upbeat tweets and positive spin, must surely have groaned. The Named Person scheme, and the bigger project – the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 – of which it is only a part, has been a long time… Continue reading

Lesley Thomson QC, former Solicitor General, receives an honorary LLD

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On 15 June 2016, at the University of Glasgow’s Commemoration Day, the University conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on Lesley Thomson QC.  Thomson was presented by Professor Jane Mair of the University of Glasgow.  Professor Mair’s oration is reproduced below. *** Chancellor, by the authority of Senate, I present to you this… Continue reading

Never discuss religion

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There is an age old saying that religion is one of those things you should never discuss in polite company. Whether or not the world inhabited by legal academics counts as “polite company”, this warning was never much of an issue. Religion was of little interest to lawyers. In the last few years, however, there… Continue reading

GFSL: Principles in Practice – 30 years of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985”

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At the next meeting of the Glasgow Forum for Scots Law, Professor Jane Mair will speak on “Principles in Practice – 30 years of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985” The Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985: “a very good piece of legislation” This quote is typical of the views to emerge from interviews with solicitors,… Continue reading

A Religious Revival

Published on: Author: janemair 1 Comment

There has been much academic debate in recent years about religion. While sociologists, anthropologists and historians, among others, dispute and debate the function, form, revival or decline of religion and religiosity, one thing is clear – there has been a revival of religion in law. Until recently, if religion was studied at all from a… Continue reading

A Religious Audit

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The University of Glasgow in conjunction with Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) has initiated a project to reveal the extent to which religion enjoys a place of privilege in the law of Scotland. Over the next 10 months, a comprehensive audit is being undertaken of Scots law to provide an authoritative guide to the extent to… Continue reading