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  1. SPLG Annual Summer Conference 2014 – Full Programme Announcement

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    We are excited to announce the full programme for our sixth Annual Summer Conference, which is taking place on Monday 9 June 2014 and is sponsored by Axiom Advocates. The brochure can be downloded from the ‘Downloads’ page.

    Session One – Public Law in Scotland Update

    This session will be chaired by Lady Stacey. Douglas Ross, Advocate, will provide an update on Scots judicial review cases and topics. As First Standing Junior counsel to the Scottish Ministers, he has been instructed in some of the most interesting judicial review and public law cases in Scotland. Gerry Moynihan QC will then focus on human rights and EU issues in Scots public law. Gerry is well placed to draw upon his wealth of experience in these areas and in public law in general. Lynda Towers, Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament will provide an update on key legislation in the Scottish Parliament. As well as being Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament, Lynda is Chair of the Law Society’s In House Lawyers Group.

    Session Two – John Larkin QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland

    John F Larkin QC will use his experience as Attorney General for Northern Ireland to give an insight into the role of law officers in dealing with issues of legislative competence and, more generally, their role in supporting and maintaining the rule of law.

    Session Three – Public Law Developments Elsewhere

    In Part One of this session, Professor Gordon Anthony of Queen’s University Belfast, will examine the Haass proposals published at the end of 2013, in particular as regards the matter of “the past”. He will consider the mechanisms that were suggested for dealing with the legacy of the Northern Ireland conflict; whether those mechanisms would be feasible in public law terms; and how far – or whether – they might be reconciled with the recent controversy about the “On the Runs”.

    In Part Two, Richard Gordon QC will provide an update on the key public law developments in the English courts. He will be discussing P v Cheshire West & Cheshire Council (in which he represented the interests of three mentally incapacitated individuals cared for in a residential setting, who the Supreme Court recently found were being detained in terms of the European Convention on Human Rights) and other recent developments. Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne of the University of Edinburgh will then focus on EU public law developments. She will address developments in EU citizenship law in light of the recent debates on restricting migration, and the Court of Session’s decision to refer the Scotch Whisky Association case on alcohol minimum pricing to Luxembourg.

    Session Four – Theodore Huckle QC, Counsel General for Wales

    Theodore Huckle QC, Counsel General for Wales, will address delegates on his role as a law officer in Wales, under particular reference to recent referrals of Welsh Assembly legislation to the Supreme Court, in a session titled ‘Wales in the Vanguard – reflections on the role of the Counsel General and the Supreme Court as a Constitutional Court’.

    Session Five – ‘Question Time’ Panel

    Drawing together the key themes from the day, Sheriff Sean Murphy will chair a ‘Question Time’ style panel session involving four of the day’s speakers. In this exciting addition to the programme, delegates will have the chance to ask a diverse range of speakers for their views on important issues of public law and to explore their reflections from the conference.

     

    Venue:                 The Roxburghe Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

    Price:                     £95

                                   £35 for students

    Booking:              Full price: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=clljhkqab&oeidk=a07e966zsaz23d83669               

                                 Students and Groups: email emma.blundell@edinburgh.gov.uk or enquiries@splg.co.uk

     CPD:                     6 hours

     

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  2. SPLG Annual Summer Conference 2014 – Booking Now Open

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    Booking is now open for the Scottish Public Law Group’s sixth Annual Summer Conference, which will take place on Monday 9 June 2014 at The Roxburghe Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

    Following on from last year’s fully subscribed conference, we once again have an exciting line up of speakers.  The speakers and chairs include Lady Stacey, Senator of the College of Justice, Sheriff Murphy, Theodore Huckle QC, Counsel General for Wales, John Larkin QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland, Gerry Moynihan QC (Faculty of Advocates), Douglas Ross (Faculty of Advocates), Lynda Towers (Scottish Parliament), Professor Gordon Anthony (Queen’s University), Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne (Edinburgh University) and Richard Gordon QC (Brick Court Chambers).

    The conference will comprise five sessions.  The first of the morning sessions will consider public law developments in Scotland.  John Larkin QC then intends to speak from his experience as the Attorney General for Northern Ireland on the role of law officers in the UK.   The third session aims to provide the annual update on public law developments in England and the EU, as well a consideration of public law issues in the Haas Peace Process.  Theodore Huckle QC, Counsel General for Wales, will address Welsh judicial review in the fourth session.   An exciting addition to the programme is the final session, which will be a ‘Question Time’ style panel.  The panel members will be announced nearer to the conference.

    The event is eligible for 6 hours of CPD.  Registration, with coffee, takes place from 8.45 – 9.10am.  Lunch is provided from 1 – 2pm (if you have any dietary requirements please let us know at enquiries@splg.co.uk).  The conference will come to a close at 5pm and will be followed by a drinks reception. The full programme will be available here shortly.

    Tickets are priced at £95 and can be booked here:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=clljhkqab&oeidk=a07e966zsaz23d83669.

    A limited number of student discount tickets are available, priced at £35. For group bookings and student tickets please contact enquiries@splg.co.uk.

    The SPLG Conference 2014 is sponsored by Axiom Advocates.

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  3. Beyond the Referendum: A Supreme Court for Scotland – Update

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    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.

    ‘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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-the-referendum-a-supreme-court-for-scotland-tickets-11011414437. 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.

    If you have any access, communication or other needs please contact enquiries@splg.co.uk.

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

  4. Beyond the Referendum: A Supreme Court for Scotland

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    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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-the-referendum-a-supreme-court-for-scotland-tickets-11011414437. 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.

    If you have any access, communication or other needs please contact enquiries@splg.co.uk.

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

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    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.

  5. Ae Fond Farewell: Reflections on Scots Public Law from Parliament House to Parliament Square

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    The SPLG are excited to announce that our next event features the distinguished Scottish justices, Lords Hope and Hodge, who will reflect on changes in Scots public law. The event will be held on Friday 28th February 2014.

     

    Lord Hope recently retired after 17 years’ service with the House of Lords and Supreme Court, latterly as the Deputy President of the Supreme Court. Lord Hope will reflect on the changes in public law during his time at the House of Lords and Supreme Court.

     

    Lord Hodge was appointed as a Senator of the College of Justice in 2005 and was sworn in as a Justice of the UK Supreme Court on 1 October 2013. During the event, he will reflect on how Scots public law changed at the Court of Session during his time there.

     

    The event will be chaired by Lady Dorrian, who was appointed as a Senator of the College of Justice in 2005, having served as a Temporary Judge since 2002. She was appointed to the Inner House in November 2012.

     

    The event will take place in Court One, Parliament House and will start at 5pm, with tea and coffee served from 4.30pm in the Laigh Hall. The event will be followed by a drinks reception between 6:30 and 7:30.

     

    All are welcome to attend. The event is free and will count towards 1.5 hours of CPD [TBC]. 

     

    The event is now sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please email emma.blundell@edinburgh.gov.ukThe capacity of the venue is limited, so we ask that if you have booked a place and later find out that you cannot attend, please let us know so that somebody on the waiting list can attend instead.

     

    If you have any access, communication or other needs please contact enquiries@splg.co.uk.

     

    The organisers wish to thank the Lord President for permission to use Court 1, and to acknowledge the generous support for this event from the Faculty of Advocates.

  6. Freedom of Information: UK and Scottish perspectives

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    PLEASE NOTE: This event has been moved to a larger venue within Glasgow Caledonian University. See below for details.

    The Scottish Public Law Group are delighted to invite you to a special free event, which will take place this autumn, featuring both the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, and the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, who will reflect on developments in information law in the UK and Scotland. This is a rare opportunity to hear both Commissioners speaking at the same event about this quickly evolving area of public law. They will be joined by Dr Kenneth Meechan, Head of Information Governance, Glasgow City Council, who will share his views from the front-line of dealing with FOI requests.

    The event will be hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University and will take place on Thursday, 14 November 2013 in the university’s
    Carnegie Lecture Theatre in the Charles Oakley Building.

    The event will begin promptly at 5.30pm, with registration and coffee from 5pm, and will be followed by drinks reception.

    This event is free and will count towards CPD. To register for this event click here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8124290973.

    We do not charge for attendance, but in return we ask that if you book a place and later find that you cannot attend, please let us know so that somebody on the waiting list is able to go instead. If you have any access, communication or other needs please contact emma.blundell@edinburgh.gov.uk.

    The organisers wish to acknowledge the generous support for this event from Glasgow Caledonian University.

     

     

  7. SPLG Summer Conference 2013

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    Thanks to everyone who attended our Summer Conference this year. This year’s sold-out conference was our largest yet and was covered by the Scotsman legal pages. You can read the conference brouchure here.

    Some of our speakers’ presentations and slides have been uploaded to the downloads page, where you can also read Lord Wallace of Tankerness’ talk on Scotland and the European Union which he was unfortunately unable to deliver at the conference.

    If you would like to be kept informed of all future SPLG events, please join the SPLG.

  8. SPLG Summer Conference 2013 Programme

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    All places at this year’s SPLG Summer Conference have now been booked. We look forward to seeing you all there.

    If you were not able to come to the conference, please consider joining the SPLG – using the Join link above - to be sent details of all our upcoming free-to-attend events.

    For details of the speakers at this year’s conference, please see the SPLG 2013 Summer Conference Brochure.

  9. Discrimination against women in the law: problems and solutions

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    Friday 22 March at 6pm

    Royal College of Physicians,

    Queen Street, Edinburgh

    The Scottish Public Law Group and the University of Edinburgh’s Global Justice Academy are delighted to invite you to their Spring event on Friday 22nd March 2013.

    Why have there only ever been 8 Court of Session judges who are female, even though we are now in 2013?  Why, at the Scottish Bar, has there only been one new female QC in each of the last two appointments rounds?   Why, in the solicitors’ profession, do so few women continue to become partners?  Why, in the world of legal academia, are female academics still under-represented at the level of Professor and at senior management level in Universities?

    If you are interested in the issues facing women working in the law, and what the solutions might be, this event is ‘a must’.  We have assembled a fantastic panel to speak on the topic “Discrimination against women in the law: problems and solutions”.

    • Lady Hale, the only ever female Justice of the Supreme Court, will speak about discrimination in the judiciary.
    • Laura Dunlop, a QC and part time Law Commissioner, will speak about the position at the Scots bar.
    • Neil Stevenson, the Law Society’s Director of Representation and Professional Support and its lead on their progressive equality work, will speak from the perspective of the solicitors’ profession.
    • Professor Rosa Greaves, Head of the Law School, Glasgow University, will speak about discrimination against women in the law from an academic perspective.

    The event will be on Friday 22nd March at the Royal College of Physicians, Queen Street, Edinburgh. It will be introduced by Professor Christine Bell of Edinburgh University and chaired by Anna Poole QC. A vote of thanks will be given by Kay Springham, Advocate.

    Registration is from 18:00. The talks will start at 18:15 and the evening will finish with a wine reception from 20:15 to 20:45.

    The SPLG would like to thank the new Global Justice Academy at the University of Edinburgh for their generous support of this event, and are delighted to be associated with its launch.

    This event is free and will count towards CPD.  We expect there to be a high level of interest in the evening, so those wishing to come are advised to book a place early.

    To register for this event click here: http://ladyhaleevent.eventbrite.com/#

    We do not charge for attendance, but in return we ask that if you book a place and later find that you cannot attend, please let us know so that somebody on the waiting list is able to go instead.  If you have any access, communication or other needs please contact law.events@ed.ac.uk.

  10. Life, Death and the Law: Current Issues

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    Life, Death and the Law: Current Issues

    Monday 18 February at 5.30pm

    Royal College of Surgeons,

    Nicholson Street, Edinburgh

    The roles which the law plays in prolonging or ending life has always been an area of intense debate. In the Scottish Parliament, Margo McDonald MSP has continued to promote legislation on assisted suicide, while in England in the last 12 months there have been high profile cases involving, on the one hand, attempts to legitimise assisted dying and, on the other, challenges to the interventions by medical professionals in the face of opposition by family members and others.

    The SPLG is delighted to be holding its winter event, with the support of the Royal College of Surgeons, on this challenging area of law and to offer perspectives from the medical profession as well as from the Scots and English public lawyers on the role of law and the state in end of life decisions. Topics will include the legal regulation of organ donation, end of life decisions and the ‘right’ to suicide for prisoners and prosecutorial guidance in assisted death cases.

    Our distinguished panel of speakers for the event includes Lorna Marson, Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University and Consultant Transplant Surgeon; Dan Squires, Barrister of Matrix Chambers in London; and Alison Britton, Senior Lecturer in Law at Glasgow Caledonian University and adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee on the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill in 2010.

    Registration, tea and coffee will be available from 5.15pm, the talks will start at 5.30 and the seminar will be followed by a drinks reception from 7.00pm.

    This event is free and will count towards CPD.

    To register for this event click here: http://splglifedeathandthelaw.eventbrite.co.uk

    We do not charge for attendance, but in return we ask that if you book a place and later find that you cannot attend, please let us know so that somebody on the waiting list is able to go instead. If you have any access, communication or other needs please contact lillias.manson@dwfbiggartbaillie.co.uk.

    The organisers wish to acknowledge the generous support for this event from the Royal College of Surgeons.

  11. New Directions in Civil Justice – Lord President Gill Lecture

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    The Scottish Public Law Group, in conjunction with Strathclyde Law School, are delighted to announce a public lecture to be delivered by the new Lord President, Lord President Gill. In his first such lecture since taking office, the Lord President will deal with the subject of “New Directions in Civil Justice”. The event will be chaired by the leading human rights lawyer and Visiting Professor at Strathclyde Law School, Tony Kelly.

    The lecture will take place at in the Senate Room (Collins Building) at the University of Strathclyde, on Tuesday 9 October. Registration and refreshments will be available from 5.30pm, with the lecture starting at 6.00pm. Wine and nibbles will be available following the event.

    As space is limited, please register by emailing Carol Hutton at carol.hutton@strath.ac.uk

  12. “Barbies and bagpipes: perspectives on judicial review from the opposite ends of the earth”

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    Judicial Review of Legislative and Administrative Action – An Australian Perspective

    What are the challenges facing the Australian courts in public law cases? Are they the same as those facing the Scottish courts? What might the Australian experience of public law litigation teach us, and how might that litigation be feeding into our own case law?

    To answer these questions and more, the Scottish Public Law Group and the Faculty of Advocates are delighted to invite you to the second of their ‘Chief Justices of the Commonwealth’ series. Following on from the successful visit of the Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin, we will be welcoming the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon Robert French AC, who will speak about the Australian perspective of Judicial Review of legislative and administrative action. Lord Hope, Justice of the UK Supreme Court will also be speaking (topic to follow). The SPLG are also delighted to have Richard Keen, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates chairing the event.

    The event will take place on Friday 6 July in Court One, Parliament House, Edinburgh, at 6.30pm. Tea and coffee will be available in the Laigh Hall from 6pm, whilst wine and nibbles will be available following the event at 8pm.

    The SPLG would like to convey their thanks to the Lord President for granting us use of Court One and the Faculty of Advocates for their generous support.

    Those interested in attending this event (which is free of charge and open to the public) should book a ticket here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3249957711  Places at the events are strictly limited and a reserve list will be established to deal with over subscription.

    If you have any queries about either event please contact Emily Gilmour at events@splg.co.uk

  13. SPLG Annual Update Conference, 11 June 2012

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    The SPLG’s Annual Update Conference on public law will take place on Monday 11th June at the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh.

    Our annual conference aims to update practitioners, advocates and academics on relevant and emerging topics in public and constitutional law in Scotland, the UK and the EU. The conference is supported by Axiom Advocates, Arnot Manderson Advocates, the Murray Stable and Biggart Baillie LLP.

    Date: 11 June 2012
    Time: 9 am – 5 pm – followed by a wine reception
    Venue: Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh

    To reserve a place, book on-line.

    Confirmed speakers and chairs include the Lord President of the Court of Session, The Rt Hon The Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC (Advocate General for Scotland), Sheriff Principal Taylor, Roseanna Cunningham (Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs), James Mure QC (Axiom Advocates), Simon Collins QC (Judge of the First Tier Tribunal), Professor Christine Bell(University of Edinburgh), Professor Robin Churchill (University of Dundee), Dr Robert Lane (University of Edinburgh), Lorna Jack (Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland), Judith Morrison (Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament), Sam Grodzinski QC (Matrix Chambers) and Dr Elaine Webster(University of Strathclyde).

    The conference will be divided into four sections:

    • An update on Public Law in Scotland
    • Developments in England, Luxembourg and Strasbourg
    • Scotland’s constitutional future: the EU and international law dimensions

    An insight into the future of the Scottish political landscape.

    We are delighted to welcome the Lord President of the Court of Session who, hot on the heels of his retirement the previous week, will chair the preliminary session. It also brings us great pleasure to announce that Lord Wallace, the Advocate General for Scotland, will address the conference as part of the afternoon session, a timely appearance so shortly after the Scotland Act 2012received royal assent on 1 May 2012. We are also delighted to welcome Sheriff Principal Taylor, who is in the process of completing the Taylor Review looking at the costs and funding of litigation in Scotland, to speak during the afternoon’s proceedings.

    This day-long event should not be missed by those working in public law in Scotland, or with an interest in Scotland’s continuing constitutional development, particularly given the recent discussions on a referendum for independence and the new political and legal framework under the Scotland Act2012. Whether through public law decisions in the courts, legislative developments, or political action, the law in Scotland is changing. The fantastic line-up of experts assembled by the SPLG to speak at the annual conference will facilitate crucial discussions on a number of these emerging areas in order to ensure attendees are fully informed and prepared for the years ahead.

    The preliminary session will cover updates on public law in Scotland delivered by James Mure QC (Axiom Advocates), Simon Collins QC (First Tier Tribunal Judge) and Judith Morrison (Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament). James Mure QC has a wealth of expertise in public law having acted for the Scottish Government in cases challenging legislation of the Scottish Parliament in both Imperial Tobacco and Axa Insurance. Before being appointed as a Judge, Simon Collins QC acted in many of the leading Scottish human rights cases such as Napier and Cadder. Judith Morrison is the chief legal adviser to the Subordinate Legislation Committee at the Scottish Parliament.

    This will be followed by a session on developments in England, Luxembourg and Strasbourg with speakers Sam Grodzinski QC (Matrix Chambers), David Guild(Advocate Référendaire at the CJEU) and Dr Elaine Webster (University of Strathclyde). Sam Grodzinski QC acted for the UK Government in a case before the supreme court on whether the Upper Tribunal’s decisions are amenable to judicial review (Cart) – he has also acted in both the ECtHR and the CJEU. Dr Elaine Webster teaches Public Law at the University of Strathclyde and specialises in the application of Article 3 of the ECHR. David Guild is currently a judicial assistant at the CJEU and brings a unique insight into the inner workings of the EU institutions. This session will be chaired by Lorna Jack, Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland.

    In addition, we will be welcoming Christine Bell (Professor of Constitutional Law, Edinburgh University), Robin Churchill (Professor of International Law)and Dr Robert Lane (University of Edinburgh) who will lead a discussion on Scotland’s potential role as an international actor in a post-independence scenario, looking at international obligations and international engagement with institutions such as the EU, the Council of Europe, the United Nations and NATO. Professor Bell is a leading international expert in Transitional Justice in respect of newly emerging states and Professor Churchill has previously advised a number of foreign governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament on issues of international law. Doctor Robert Lane’s principal areas of interest and leading expertise include the constitutional and administrative arrangements of the EU.

    Further announcements will be made as more high-profile names are confirmed. Places are filling fast, so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    Book on-line.

    Tickets are priced at £75 (£25 concessions).  A group rate of 6 places for the price of 5 is also available.

    We still have various sponsorship opportunities available.  Sponsorship Terms

    If you have any enquiries please contact emily.gilmour@shepwedd.co.uk or jennifer.jack@biggartbaillie.co.uk.

    We are please to have Axiom Advocates as our main sponsor, with co-sponsorship from Arnot Manderson Advocates, Murray Stable, and Biggart Baillie sponsoring the drinks reception.

  14. Legislatures at Loggerheads

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    Should Scotland follow the Canadian solution to division of legislative powers between two legislatures?

    The SPLG and the Faculty of Advocates are delighted to invite you to the first of two very special events which take place this summer, which feature the Chief Justices of Canada and Australia.

    The first event will be led by the Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin PC, who will speak about how Canada allocates power between central and local legislatures. Lord Reed, Justice of the UK Supreme Court, will then consider Scotland’s own recent experience and – in light of cases such as AXA and Imperial Tobacco – the extent to which Scots’ law might learn from the Canadian approach to challenges made to primary legislation in a multi-layered democracy.

    The event will take place on the evening of Wednesday 6 June, exact timings will follow. The SPLG would like to convey their thanks to the Lord President for granting us use of Court Number One and the Faculty of Advocates for their generous support.

    To register for this event please click here:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3249743069

    We are also delighted to announce a second event, led by the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon Robert French AC. This event will take place on the evening of Friday 6 July in Court Number One (timings to follow).

    If you would like to register for this event in the meantime, please click here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3249957711

    Any queries should be directed to emily.gilmour@shepwedd.co.uk

  15. Conference: Scotland and the United Kingdom

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    The Scottish Public Law Group are proud to be sponsoring this event, being held by The Royal Society of Edinburgh on 27th April 2012.

    The Conference, which was also held in London, is intended to bring further academic evidence and analysis to bear on the current debates on Scotland’s relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom, and to inform and challenge the discussions both inside Scotland and in Westminster about the future of this relationship.

    Attendance fee is £100, places can be booked here:

    http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/events/event.php?id=272

    Please click here for a copy of the programme: Edinburgh Conference Programme

  16. Winter Event: “The Use of International Law in the Scottish courts: past, present and future.”

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    The SPLG are delighted to invite you to their Winter event, on the use of international law in cases in the Scottish courts. If you have not yet reserved your place please arrange to do so as soon as possible. The event is being held jointly with Edinburgh University, on Friday 24th February 2012.

    We have assembled a fantastic panel to speak on this important subject.

    Lord Bonomy, Senator of the College of Justice, recently spent 5 years working in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He will speak about aspects of his international law experience there of benefit to Scots lawyers.

    Michael Fordham QC is one of the foremost public law practitioners at the English bar, author of the leading practitioner’s book on Judicial Review, and teaches at Oxford University.

    Shaheed Fatima is a barrister with Blackstone chambers, using international law in her domestic court practice. She has written a book entitled Using International Law in Domestic Courts, has lectured at Harvard, and is Global Professor of Law at NYU School of Law.

    Dr Antonios Tzanakopoulos of Glasgow University and UCL is assistant editor of the Journal of International Law in Domestic Courts. Between them they will look at how international law bites in domestic proceedings, past, present, and future.

    The event will be chaired by Professor Alan Boyle, Professor of Public International Law at Edinburgh University.

    The event will take place on Friday 24th February 2012 at the Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL. It will commence with tea and coffee at 4.15pm. Talks will start at 4.30pm and will run, with a Q&A session, until 6.30pm. There will then be a drinks reception from 6.30 to 7pm.

    Please email lmanson@biggartbaillie.co.uk to book your place. We anticipate that places for this event will be in demand. We do not charge for our evening events, but we do ask in return that if you sign up and are unable to attend you let us know, so that your place may be offered to somebody else. If you have any questions about the event please contact Katie Boyle (Katie.Boyle@advocategeneral.gsi.gov.uk) or Emily Gilmour (emily.gilmour@shepwedd.co.uk) who will be able to assist you in your enquiries.

  17. Shami Chakrabarti ‘Common Values: The Human Rights Act – All we Have to Lose’

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    Glasgow Caledonian University  Law Society present Shami Chakrabarti, director of ‘Liberty’, discussing the possible repercussions of repealing the Human Rights Act.

    Wednesday 25th January 2012, 2pm – 4.30pm, Deeprose Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building, Glasgow Caledonian University. Free. Register online here: http://gcu-law.eventbrite.com/

    Any queries to lawsoc@caledonian.ac.uk

  18. Edinburgh Law School Roundtable Seminar: Devolution after AXA

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    The University of Edinburgh Law School and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law are running a Roundtable Seminar entitled “Devolution after AXA” on 2 December 2011 from 4pm to 6pm in Old College.

    Speakers are Clive Lewis QC (Intervener for First Minister of Wales), Aiden O’Neill QC (Counsel for 3rd to 10th respondents), Aileen McHarg (University of Glasgow) and Paul Reid, Advocate.

    For further information please contact law.events@ed.ac.uk

  19. The Relationship between UK Courts and Strasbourg

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    In March 2011, the SPLG Spring event held in partnership with the Faculty of Advocates was on the topic of “Human rights-Reconciling Strasbourg and Supreme Court” chaired by Dame Eilish Angiolini with Sir Nicolas Bratza, Lord Reed and Lord Hope speaking about the interrelationship of Strasbourg and UK human rights law from different perspectives.

    Of interest to those who attended, Sir Nicolas Bratza (shortly to become President of the European Court of Human Rights) has recently published an article entitled: “The relationship between the UK Courts and Strasbourg” in the European Human Rights Law Review (E.H.R.L.R. (2011) No.5 Pages 505-512). (available on Westlaw)

    The article discusses, with particular reference to leading case law such as the contentious decision in Hirst v United Kingdom (74025/01)(2006) 42 EHRR 41 (ECHR (Grand Chamber) , the relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and national courts, responding to criticism of the former in jurisdictions such as the UK, regarding areas such as the standards and composition of the courts and regarding the allegation that it takes a uniform approach to states with established law and practices. It argues that any attempt by the UK to withdraw from the Convention framework would harm both the Convention system itself and the standing of the UK in Europe.

    The paper given by Lord Reed is also available by clicking here:

    The Interrelationship of Strasbourg and UK Human Rights Law – Reed

  20. SPLG Autumn Event: Current issues in Media law in Scotland and the UK

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    Privacy, Freedom of Expression and the Media:  Recent Developments

    The SPLG are delighted to invite you to their Autumn event, on current issues in media law in Scotland and the UK.  The event is being held with the support of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Institute for Society and Social Justice Research on Tuesday 29 November 2011.

    Recent developments involving and affecting the media need little introduction. Complaints about the apparently excessive protection of privacy through the use of superinjunctions have shifted in the course of the year to much wider concerns over the involvement of media organisations in phone hacking and unorthodox, if not unlawful, relationships with the police and others.  Meantime, in the field of freedom of expression and regulation of hate speech we have had the introduction – and evolution – of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Bill in the Scottish Parliament.

    To discuss these current issues in media law we will have a panel of speakers including:

    Hugh Tomlinson QC a well known specialist in media and information law including defamation, confidence, privacy and data protection.  He has represented a number of  high profile individuals seeking to protect their privacy, including several well known (English) footballers and is highly respected as an authority on civil liberties and regulation of the media.

    Rosalind McInnes is principal solicitor with BBC Scotland and the author of Scots Law for Journalists, now in its 8th edition.  She speaks, publishes and teaches on all aspects of media law and has been at the coal face for many years challenging reporting restrictions, and protecting the rights of journalists, in the Scottish courts and in the European Court of Human Rights.

    The event will take place on Tuesday 29 November 2011 at the Govan Mbeki Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow

    It will commence with tea and coffee at  5.15pm.  Talks will start at 5.30pm and will run, with a Q&A session, until 7pm.  There will then be a drinks reception from 7pm to 8pm.

    Please email Karen.Brough@shepwedd.co.uk to book your place.  We anticipate that places for this event will be in demand.  We do not charge for our evening events, but we do ask in return that if you sign up and are unable to attend you let us know, so that your place may be offered to somebody else.

  21. SPLG Winter Event: Use of International Law in the Scottish courts

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    The use of International Law in cases in the Scottish courts: past, present and future.

    The SPLG are delighted to invite you to their Winter event, on the use of international law in cases in the Scottish courts.  The event is being held jointly with Edinburgh University, on Friday 24th February 2012.

    If there ever were days when international law rarely troubled the domestic courts, they are long gone.  Scots law is in a continuing process of adaptation to international rules of law.  Some international law has changed Scots law by being incorporated directly, the most obvious examples being the European Convention on Human Rights and EU rules of law.  Other international rules such as those deriving from the Aarhus Convention are revolutionising the approach to expenses in public law cases, and encouraging a liberalisation in title and interest rules.  For the future, the Scottish Government has a legislative proposal to enshrine the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in domestic law, and there are many other untapped areas of international law that Scots lawyers could be using in the Scots courts.

    We have assembled a fantastic panel to speak on this important subject. Lord Bonomy, Senator of the College of Justice, recently spent 5 years working in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.  He will speak about aspects of his international law experience there of benefit to Scots lawyers. Michael Fordham QC is one of the foremost public law practitioners at the English bar, author of the leading practitioner’s book on Judicial Review, and teaches at Oxford University. Shaheed Fatima is a barrister with Blackstone chambers, using international law in her domestic court practice.  She has written a book entitled Using International Law in Domestic Courts, has lectured at Harvard, and is Global Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Dr Antonios Tzanakopoulos of Glasgow University and UCL is assistant editor of the journal International law in Domestic Courts.  Between them they will look at how international law bites in domestic proceedings, past, present, and future.  The event will be chaired by Professor Alan Boyle, Professor of Public International Law at Edinburgh University.

    The event will take place on Friday 24th February 2012 at the Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL. It will commence with tea and coffee at  4.15pm. Talks will start at 4.30pm and will run, with a Q&A session, until 6.30pm. There will then be a drinks reception from 6.30 to 7pm.

    Please email Karen.Brough@shepwedd.co.uk to book your place.  We anticipate that places for this event will be in demand.  We do not charge for our evening events, but we do ask in return that if you sign up and are unable to attend you let us know, so that your place may be offered to somebody else.

  22. Summer Conference Update

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    The Scottish Public Law Group’s annual update conference is on 13 June 2011 in Edinburgh.
    Speakers and chairs include Lord Hodge, Lord Carloway, Professor John Curtice
    (Strathclyde), Professor Himsworth (Edinburgh), Professor Barnard (Cambridge),
    Professor Page (Dundee), Gerry Moynihan QC, and James Wolffe QC.  There
    are update sessions on developments in public law in Scotland and England, ECHR
    and EU public law issues, and sessions on public law hot topics, the political
    landscape after 5 May, and devolution: evolution or revolution?  Over 100
    people are already signed up, but with such a great lineup it deserves to be
    full.

    Tickets are selling fast, so you should reserve yours quickly!

    Our updated programme is here:

    http://splg.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/SPLG-Summer-Conference-Brochure-final.docx

  23. Summer Conference: 13 June 2011

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    We are delighted to announce the programme for our Summer Conference. For registration matters, please contact Karen (Karen DOT brough AT shepwedd DOT co DOT uk). For other queries please contact me (Marcus AT Wischik DOT com).

    Where?: John McIntyre Conference Centre, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh

    When?: Monday 13 June 2011 from 9am until 5pm

    Cost?: £75 normal ticket price, students £20, and a buy-5-get-1-free deal for groups.

    As a bonus, we’re pleased to include an article by Prof Catherine Barnard (Speaking in our second session, bio here) on the 10th anniversary of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights) to whet your appetites.

  24. Spring Event, 18 March, Edinburgh

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    The SPLG are pleased to announce that the Lord President has kindly given permission for the use of Parliament Hall for coffee before and drinks after the SPLG seminar on 18 March 2011.  The seminar itself will still take place in the Laigh Hall, Faculty of Advocates.  As a result an additional 50 people can be accommodated at the seminar, a total of 200.

    Please be aware that there has been an overwhelming demand for places at the seminar and the SPLG are already operating a waiting list (with some 50 people already in it).  If you are unable to attend you must let us know as soon as possible so that your place can be given to another delegate.

    The arrangements for the evening are now:

    4.30 pm to 5pm – Coffee, Parliament Hall, Court of Session, High Street, Edinburgh

    5pm to 7pm – Talks and a question and answer session, Laigh Hall, Faculty of Advocates

    7pm to 7.30pm, Drinks, Parliament Hall

    We would like to thank both the Lord President and the Faculty of Advocates for making this event possible.

  25. Winter and Spring Events

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    Our Winter Event, Putting the Equality Duty into Practice, takes place on Friday 4 February at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. A few weeks later, our Spring Event, Human rights – Reconciling Strasbourg and Supreme Court, takes place on Friday 18 March at the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh.

  26. SPLG Winter and Spring Events

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    The details for the Winter event are being finalised this week.

    So far, we can confirm the Spring Event:

    Date: Friday 18 March

    Subject: The Relationship between STrasbourg and UK Human Rights Law

    More information to follow.

  27. Events in November

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    Scotland & Independence – 16 November, Edinburgh, 5pm to 6:30pm

    The annual lecture hosted by the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law will be given by Michael Keating, professor of political science at the University of Aberdeen. All are welcome, and the event will be followed by a wine reception. For further information, contact law.events@ed.ac.uk.

    How to Deal With Vexatious Freedom of Information Requests – 17 November, Dundee, 1pm to 4pm

    The Centre for FOI in Scotland’s autumn seminar series continues with an event on Wednesday 17 November 2010, looking at how to deal with vexatious requests. The event will be in the Dalhousie building, University of Dundee. A buffet lunch is served at 1pm, and the seminar will run from 2pm to 4pm. For further information, contact centrefoi@dundee.ac.uk

    Flyers for both events are attached

  28. Autumn Seminar – Implications of EU Principles for Scots Public Law

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    Friday 8 October at 5.00pm

    Conference Room 1, The Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

    EU law is increasingly important in Scotland, particularly given the recent ratification of the Lisbon treaty.  Where EU law applies, familiar principles in all areas of Scots law may have to give way.  EU law can give causes of action and remedies where none previously existed under Scots law.

    The SPLG’s autumn seminar is a timely look at areas where existing principles of Scots public law have to adapt to EU legal principles as applied and interpreted by the European Court of Justice.

    The SPLG are delighted that a star-studded panel of speakers have agreed to talk on this topical subject:

    • Sir David Edward, former judge of the European Court of Justice, will chair the event
    • Damian Chalmers, Professor in European Law at LSE, will speak on the impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights on Scots public law after Lisbon
    • David Anderson QC, who has acted in over 120 cases in the ECJ, over 30 in Strasbourg, and numerous public law cases in England, will discuss the breakdown of the traditional legality and merits distinction in judicial review cases involving EU law
    • Eleanor Sharpston, currently Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, will explore recent public law developments in the jurisprudence from the ECJ.

    Tea and Coffee will be available from 4.30pm and the seminar will be followed by a drinks reception from 7.00pm.

    This event will count towards CPD.

    To register for this event, or for further information, please contact Stephanie Mill at  stephanie.mill@shepwedd.co.uk

    Early booking is advisable due to high anticipated demand.  If you book but find you cannot attend, please let Stephanie know in order that your space can be offered to others.

    SPLG Autumn Seminar – 8 October

  29. Summer conference materials – 7 June 2010

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    Please find below links to materials from speakers at this year’s summer conference:

    Advocate General’s address 7 06 10 as delivered

    Dr Eric Metcalfe – Third Party Interventions

    Jennifer Spence – Judicial Review update

    Paul Johnston – Legislative Developments in Public Law

    David Johnston – Human Rights and EU Issues

    Tom Hickman – Recent Developments in Public Law

    Jonathan Mitchell QC – Standing in public law cases

    Frances McCartney – Funding public law cases: problems and development

  30. The Future of the Bill of Rights Debate

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    The Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law and the University of Strathclyde will be holding a seminar to discuss directions for future reform of the Human Rights Act 1998.  Professor Roger Smith (Director of JUSTICE) and Aidan O’Neill (Ampersand/Matrix) (TBC) will be speaking at the seminar.

    The event will be taking place on 2 June 2010 from 5.00 at the University of Strathclyde.  For further details please see the following flyer: Bill of Rights seminar June 2010.  To reserve a place, please contact Laura at cshrl@law.strath.ac.uk.

  31. Autumn Event – 8 October 2010

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    Putting a kilt on Lisbon

    Necessary changes to Scots public law as a result of EU law

    EU law is increasingly important in Scotland, particularly given the recent ratification of the Lisbon treaty.  Where EU law applies, familiar principles in all areas of Scots law may have to give way.  EU law can give causes of action and remedies where none previously existed under Scots law.

    The SPLG’s autumn seminar, on Friday 8 October 2010, is a timely look at areas where existing principles of Scots public law have to adapt to EU legal principles as applied and interpreted by the European Court of Justice.

    The SPLG are delighted that a star studded panel of speakers have agreed to talk on this topical subject.

    Sir David Edward, former judge of the European Court of Justice, will chair the event

    Damian Chalmers, Professor in European Law at LSE, will speak on the impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights on Scots public law after Lisbon

    David Anderson QC, who has acted in over 120 cases in the ECJ, over 30 in Strasbourg, and numerous public law cases in England, will discuss the breakdown of the traditional legality and merits distinction in judicial review cases involving EU law

    Eleanor Sharpston, currently Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, will explore recent public law developments in the jurisprudence from the ECJ.

    The event will be held in Edinburgh on Friday 8 October 2010. Tea and coffee will be served prior to the event from 16:30. The talks will begin at 17:00 and there will be drinks provided after the event from 18:30.

    Please note that capacity for this event is limited and therefore early registration is recommended. To register for this event, or for further information, please contact Karen Brough at karen.brough@shepwedd.co.uk.

  32. Second Annual SPLG Conference – 7 June 2010

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    Our second annual SPLG conference, hosted by the University of Edinburgh, will be taking place this year at the Playfair Library in Old College, Edinburgh and will feature update sessions on Scottish, UK, EU and ECHR public law developments as well as discussions on current issues in key public law areas, such as access to justice.

    For further details, please see attached flyer: SPLG Summer Conference Brochure – 7 June 2010

    To register for the event, please contact Karen Brough at karen.brough@shepwedd.co.uk

  33. Inaugural Public Law Annual Lecture

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    The journal Public Law has decided to inaugurate an annual public lecture. The first such lecture will be delivered later this month at the University of Glasgow. The speaker is Professor Kim Lane Scheppele, Director of the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton. Her topic is “Global Security Law and the Challenge to Constitutionalism”. Professor Scheppele is one of the leading constitutional lawyers of the world. Her topic could not be more timely (especially given last week’s decision of the UK Supreme Court, and the British Government’s proposal to have its effects reversed through fast-track legislation!). Please do come to this lecture if you can, and please spread the word!

    All details on the attached flyer. Feel free to forward and distribute this liberally.

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  34. SPLG – “Bonus Event” – Replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights?

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    The SPLG, Faculty of Advocates and JUSTICE are pleased to announce a special joint seminar on “The Future of Convention Rights in Scotland: Public Law after the Human Rights Act?”. The Conservative Party has pledged to repeal the Human Rights Act should it win this year’s general election, and to replace it with a British Bill of Rights. The Labour Government is likewise committed to reviewing the HRA and is in the process of considering whether it should be replaced by a Bill of Rights. This seminar will explore the implications of such moves both generally and, more specifically, from a Scottish public law perspective.

    The speakers are Roger Smith, Director of JUSTICE; Stephen O’Rourke, Advocate; Professor Jim Murdoch, School of Law, University of Glasgow; and Katie Ghose, Director of the British Institute of Human Rights.

    The seminar will take place on 25 February 2010 from 5.00pm-6.30pm in the Laigh Hall, Parliament House with tea/coffee available from 4.30pm. The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception from 6.30-7.15pm.

    This event will count towards your CPD

    Details of how to book a place are on the attached flyer. Final Flyer – Bonus Event

  35. SPLG Winter Event – Public Inquiries

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    Please note that this event has now reached capacity. The SPLG will now be operating a waiting list for anyone still interested in attending.

    The Law Society of Scotland is sponsoring the Winter Seminar of the Scottish Public Law Group.  It is an event on Thursday 28 January from 5.30 to 7pm (with tea from 5pm, and drinks from 7 to 7.30pm). The event will be chaired by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk who will also address the outcome of the Fatal Accident Inquiries Review. Richard Keen QC will contribute with a discussion on approaches to inquiry advocacy and his participation in the Diana Inquest and Ann Nelson, Solicitor to the Fingerprint Inquiry, will discuss practical and legal issues arising from the operation of the Inquiries Act 2005.

    Details of how to book a place are on the attached flyer.  Members who are interested in attending are advised to book early as spaces are limited and the event is open to solicitors, academics, and other public lawyers.

    Winter Event – Public Inquiries

  36. The SPLG are delighted to announce its Calendar of Events for 2010

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    The new year will begin with a winter event on Public Inquiries to be chaired by Lord Cullen. This will be hosted by the Law Society of Scotland and will take place on 28 January 2010 with further details to follow within the next couple of weeks. This will be closely followed by a ‘Bonus’ event to be hosted by the Faculty of Advocates on 25 February 2010. The subject will be “Replacing the Human Rights Act with a ‘British’ Bill of Rights” with Roger Smith, Director of JUSTICE already a confirmed speaker.(For more details of JUSTICE’s working paper of devolution and human rights click here JUSTICE Working Paper. Leaving behind the colder weather, the Spring event will cover “Public aspects of the Prosecution of Crime” with dates and venue to be confirmed. This years SPLG Summer Conference will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh and will include presentations on Human Rights Issues, Title and Interest and 3rd Party Interventions. The Autumn Event will bring 2010 to a close by considering the “Implications of EU Principles for Scots Public Law”. Further details of each event will be available through the website and via email.

  37. Autumn Seminar – Roundtable Discussion on the UK Supreme Court

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    Please note that the venue for this event has changed as per the attached flyer. The event will now be held at Parliament House, Parliament Square, Edinburgh.

    The Faculty of Advocates is sponsoring the Autumn Seminar of the Scottish Public Law Group.  It is an event on Friday 9th October 2009 from 5.30 to 7pm (with tea from 5pm, and drinks from 7 to 7.30pm).  It will take the form of a roundtable discussion on the new UK Supreme Court, at the end of the court’s first week in action.  There are a number of eminent speakers, including the Hon Lord Rodger of Earlsferry chairing the event, with Lord Hope (Deputy President of the Supreme Court), Professor Brice Dickson(Queen’s University, Belfast), Gerry Moynihan QC (Axiom Advocates) and Professor Neil Walker (Edinburgh University) also speaking.

    Details of how to book a place are on the attached flyer.  Members who are interested in attending are advised to book early as spaces are limited and the event is open to solicitors, academics, and other public lawyers.

    Updated Flyer

  38. SPLG Annual Conference

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    The SPLG held its first annual conference on 15 June 2009 at Glasgow University. The conference featured sessions on recent developments in judicial review in Scotland and elsewhere, and on ongoing and crucially important changes in administrative justice, with presentations from Lord Boyd, former Lord Advocate, Aidan O’Neill QC, Mungo Bovey QC, Professor Alan Page, and the first Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Alice Brown, as well as many others.  Please see the brochure below for further details.

    SPLG Summer Conference Brochure

    The SPLG would like to thank all of the speakers and chairs for their contributions.

    Papers from the conference can be found below:

    Presentation by Anna Poole

    Presentation by Christine O’Neill

    Presentation by Sarah O’Neill

    Presentation by Jessica Burns

    Presentation by Alan Page

    Presentation by Aidan O’Neill

  39. Local Government in Scotland Forum

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    Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory, University of Edinburgh, chaired the event which focused on the relationships and interaction between local government and the Scottish Government.

    John Ewing, Director of Public Service Reform, Scottish Government, provided a valuable overview of Single Outcome Agreements while Martin Booth, COSLA, gave participants an  insight into the operation of Shared Services.  Andrew Ferguson, Fife Council & Vice-President of SOLAR, concluded the evening’s events with a helpful synopsis of the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 and its application to local and central government.

    The SPLG would like to thank all of the speakers for their informative presentations, as well as the University of Edinburgh who kindly hosted and provided refreshments for this seminar.

  40. Human Rights Law in Scotland – Minefield to Mainstream?

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    The Scottish Public Law Group Winter Seminar was held on Thursday 29 January 2009 at Faculty Hall, Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow. Aidan O’Neill QC chaired the event and guests were treated to insightful and entertaining presentations from Tony Kelly, Partner, Taylor & Kelly and Alan Miller, Chair, Scottish Commission for Human Rights. This was followed by a lively Q&A section.

    Topics of discussion included:

    • What lessons have we learned about litigating human rights in the Scottish courts?
    • What about the attitude of the appellate courts, particularly the Privy Council, towards the development of human rights principles?
    • What role will Scotland’s new Human Rights Commission play in the development of human rights law going forward?
    • How important is the process of ‘mainstreaming’ human rights in the policies and practices of our public authorities?

    Power point slides used by Tony Kelly in his presentation will be available in the members area shortly.

    The SPLG would like to thank the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow for their support in hosting the event and providing refreshments.

    The Scottish Public Law Group was launched in February 2008 as a forum in which academics, advocates, solicitors and government lawyers can meet and discuss matters of topical interest in public law in Scotland. In its first year, it is intended to hold a series of quarterly seminars. These events are free and open to all. Those wishing to attend the Spring Seminar are requested to advise Tracey Pennycuick at tracey.pennycuick@shepwedd.co.uk. Further details of our 2009/10 Programme are available in the “About” section of our website.

  41. Autumn 2008 Seminar – Scotland’s FOI Regime

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    The Scottish Public Law Group held its Autumn Seminar on Thursday 18 September 2008 at the Scottish Government’s premises at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh. This was a particularly appropriate time to review the experiences and practice of how FoI is operating in Scotland and beyond as we approach the 4th anniversary of the commencement of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and following the recent House of Lords decision of Common Services Agency v. Scottish Information Commissioner ([2008] UKHL 47).

    The event was chaired by Ros McInnes (Solicitor, BBC Scotland) and guests were treated to presentations from Maurice Frankel (Director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information), Alicia McKay (FoI Unit, Scottish Government) and Margaret Keyse (Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner). The interesting and well informed discussion covered various topics including:

    • Has it lived up to the expectations of campaigners for FoI?
    • What have been the main areas of contention leading to appeals to the Information Commissioners and what lessons can be learnt from them?
    • How have public authorities responded to the new FoI regime in the way in which they go about their business?
    • What is the future for FoI – has it worked or is there a need for change?

    Powerpoint presentations of Alicia McKay and Margaret Keyse are available in the Members’ section.

    The SPLG wishes to extend its thanks to the Scottish Government for hosting the event. Details of the SPLG Winter event will be announced shortly.

  42. Revisiting the Devolution Settlement

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    The next Scottish Public Law Group seminar will take place on Thursday 26 June 2008.  The Faculty of Advocates have kindly agreed to host this event.  Further details of the event will follow – please register to ensure you receive details of this and other SPLG events.

  43. Remedies in Public Law

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    23 April 2008 Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow

    The inaugural seminar of the Scottish Public Law Group will take place on the evening of Wednesday 23 April 2008. The University of Glasgow have kindly agreed to host the event. (more…)