The Scottish Public Law Group and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law are delighted to announce our forthcoming joint seminar. ‘Beyond the Referendum: a Supreme Court for Scotland’ will consider the future of the Supreme Court tier in the event of either a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ vote in the forthcoming Independence Referendum.

This seminar will feature contributions from Professor Neil Walker (Edinburgh Law School), Professor Aileen McHarg (Strathclyde Law School), Anna Poole QC (Faculty of Advocates), and Christine O’Neill (Chairman of Brodies LLP). In Part One of the evening, there will be a consideration of the jurisdiction of a Scottish Supreme Court both in the ‘interim constitution’, and in the aftermath of a constitutional convention, in the event of a YES vote. Part Two will look at how the jurisdiction of the UK Supreme Court might evolve, taking into account the Scotland Act 2012, and how that court’s jurisprudence might continue to develop Scots law, in the event of a NO vote.

The event will be held at 6pm on Thursday 8 May 2014 in Lecture Theatre 270, Old College, Edinburgh University. Thereafter we welcome you to a drinks reception, sponsored by the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, at 8pm outside the Playfair Library.  

All are welcome to attend. The event is free and may count towards 2 hours of CPD. Please register for this event here: As the capacity of the venue is limited, if you book a place and later find out that you cannot attend, please let us know so that we can reallocate your place.

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The SPLG and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law wish to thank Edinburgh University for hosting the event.


Update: The SPLG and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law are delighted to announce that James Wolffe QC, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, will chair our joint seminar on 8 May 2014.