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RebLaw Scotland 2017

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Too often, the law can be seen as an instrument used to preserve the status quo, maintain tradition and protect privilege. Consequently, we, as lawyers, can appear as the guardians of vested interests – charged with the responsibility to conserve privilege. We live in an increasingly unequal society. When written, interpreted and applied solely by… Continue reading

Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences ‘research impact and knowledge exchange competition’ awards second prize to Nina Miller Westoby

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Nina Miller Westoby has won second prize in the first Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences research impact and knowledge exchange competition. The competition was open to all social science doctoral candidates across its 16 partner universities. The competition reflects the growing need for social science research – not only to make an original contribution… Continue reading

Research into Scotland’s new arrangements for public service complaint handling

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Professor Tom Mullen, Dr Chris Gill and Nial Vivian have published a report of their research into Scotland’s new arrangements for public service complaint handling. The research was funded by the UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI) and the Nuffield Foundation. The report is being formally launched today at a UKAJI Workshop, held at the University… Continue reading

The Right to your Day in (an Environmental) Court

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This blog was written by Rachael Miller, third year Law student at the University of Glasgow, who is enrolled on the Environmental Law course, convened by Dr Jill Robbie. On Thursday, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the UK Environmental Law Association Scotland Annual Conference held in Edinburgh, thanks to a sponsored place from… Continue reading

Placement at the Scottish Law Commission

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The Scottish Law Commission has recently concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Heads of the Scottish Law Schools regarding co-operation between the Commission and academics in Scotland. This aims to encourage greater support for the Commission from academia and to provide a pathway to impact for Scottish academics and allow them to develop a… Continue reading

Scots law and the Church of Scotland: the “establishment” question – a roundtable seminar

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On Friday 5 May a roundtable discussion exploring the Church of Scotland’s legal status took place at the University of Glasgow. It was the first in a series of events organised by the Humanist Studies Hub and the Law Reform and Public Policy Group, University of Glasgow in collaboration with Humanist Society Scotland, and was… Continue reading

No convincing constitutional case for taking back powers post-Brexit

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The following article by Professor Tom Mullen was originally published in the Glasgow Herald in its ‘Agenda’ section on 11 April. Last month, the UK Government set the Brexit process in motion by giving the EU notice of the intention to leave the EU. It also published a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill… Continue reading

Consultation on the Draft Simple Procedure Rules

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At present, the small claims and summary cause procedures are intended to provide a quicker and less complicated means to resolve low-value (less than £3,000 and £5,000 respectively) claims. These procedures are intended to be accessible to litigants without solicitors and the amount of expenses recoverable from the successful litigant’s opponent is capped. While the… Continue reading