SPLG Annual Summer Conference 2015 – Full Programme AnnouncementLeave a Comment
We are delighted to announce the full programme for our seventh Annual Summer Conference, which will take place on Monday 8 June 2015 at the Roxburghe Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh and is sponsored by Axiom Advocates.
Session One – Public Law in Scotland Update
This session will be chaired by James Wolffe QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. Ruth Crawford QC will provide an update on Scots judicial review as well as human rights and EU issues in Scots public law. Andrew Stewart QC will go on to discuss development of the new judicial review reforms in Scotland. Denis Edwards, Advocate will then present on judicial review reform and lessons from England.
Session Two – Further Devolution for Scotland: Where are we now and where are we going?
Session two will be chaired by Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory at the University of Edinburgh. Andrew Mylne, Head of the Non-Government Bills Unit at the Scottish Parliament will examine developments in the legislative procedures of the Scottish Parliament as well as the legal process for further devolution. This will be followed by a joint presentation on “Implementing the Smith Commission Agreement: the Scotland Bill clauses” by Neil Taylor, Deputy Director, Head of Advisory and Legislation Division at the Office of the Advocate General. Professor Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Edinburgh will then address delegates on the constitutional implications of the draft clauses.
Session Three – Public Law Developments Elsewhere
The third session will be chaired by Lady Dorrian, Senator of the College of Justice. The first presentation will be an update on recent European Court of Human Rights cases of interest by Shelagh McCall, Advocate and until recently Scottish Human Rights Commissioner. Following on Helen Mountfield QC of Matrix Chambers will provide an update on judicial review case law in England. The final presentation of this session will be on “Nuclear weapons, international law and the Republic of the Marshall Islands case in the International Court of Justice”, by Professor Nicolas Grief of the University of Kent and Doughty Chambers. Professor Grief is a member of the international legal team representing the RMI in their case before the ICJ.
Session Four – Reflections on the General Election
In this session Professor John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde will give a summary of his reflections on the 2015 UK General Election. The UK’s foremost psephologist, Professor Curtice is an expert in polling and electoral behaviour and has commented extensively on the debate surrounding the General Election.
Session Five – Q&A on the reflections on the General Election and the implications for Scots law (including the Human Rights Act and EU Membership)
Following on from Professor Curtice’s address, this final session, chaired by Sheriff Sean Murphy and Professor Curtice, will be a ‘Question Time’ style panel session involving three of the day’s speakers. The panellists are Professor John Curtice, James Wolffe QC, Professor Christine Bell and Ruth Crawford QC. Delegates will have the opportunity to ask a diverse range of speakers for their views on important issues of public law arising from the results of the General Election.
The event is eligible for 6.5 hours CPD. Registration and coffee takes place from 9am – 9.25am. Lunch is provided from 1-2pm. The conference will come to a close at 5pm followed by a drinks reception.
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The SPLG Annual Conference 2015 is sponsored by Axiom Advocates.