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Jun 01 2010

Legal aid in the Upper Tribunal: update on what’s happening

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At long last, the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Scottish Government have promulgated regulations for legal aid in the unified tribunal system. There’s plenty of evidence that legal representation makes a substantial difference to success rates in the tribunals, so this is welcome, although the effect of the regulations is patchy. This post gives a brief description of the proposed scheme and its background. There will be fuller discussion at this conference on 14 June.
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May 26 2010

Representing victims of trafficking in Scotland

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The Equal Opportunities Committee of the Scottish Parliament is carrying out an inquiry into migration and trafficking in Scotland. Giving evidence to its meeting of 18 May, the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre said “We are aware that it is extremely difficult for those that are trafficked to come forward to get legal advice regarding their position, given their vulnerability, fear and concerns for their own and, sometimes family member’s, safety … Continue Reading »

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May 26 2010

Forthcoming conference: Scottish Public Law Group

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The Scottish Public Law Group’s annual conference for 2010 will be held on Monday 7 June at the Playfair Library in Old College, Edinburgh University. The full programme is available here. This will be fully booked so get your place quick.

I’m speaking in the supposed graveyard slot after lunch on the problems of title and interest in public law challenges, something which has interested me since I argued it many years ago in Age Concern Scotland, 1987 SLT 179. The Civil Courts Review last year recommended reform of our ancient and restrictive rules: volume 2, Chapter 12, paragraphs 13 to 25. I have doubts whether its suggested solution really deals with the problems. Continue Reading »

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Nov 10 2009

Rights to environmental information

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At the talk I gave on this subject to the conference on environmental justice organised by the Environmental Law Centre last Monday, I promised to post a synopsis of the issues discussed, and the handouts on ambit and on appeal routes, here.

The background

There has since 2005 been a general right to freedom of information held by or on behalf of public authorities in the United Kingdom. The right to access to environmental information, however, long predates this, going back to Directive 90/313/EEC and its implementing regulations; although the scheme now in force, Directive 2003/4/EC and its implementing regulations, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 is tighter1, the basic scheme has been in place since 1992. Nevertheless, this scheme has attracted far less attention than the general scheme of the two Freedom of Information Acts, the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, which only came into force thirteen years later. Continue Reading »

  1. Following the Aarhus Convention of 1998. See this paper for a survey from an Irish perspective. [back]
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Sep 29 2009

Forthcoming conference: Environmental Justice, Human Rights, and Environmental Law

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On Monday 2nd November the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law and the Environmental Law Centre Scotland are co-hosting this conference at the Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. I’m speaking on rights to environmental information. The Environmental Information Regulations (there are two sets, UK and Scottish) don’t receive a lot of attention in comparison to the general scheme of the two Freedom of Information Acts, but they have a wider ambit, covering some private-sector organisations and companies who aren’t covered by general FOI legislation, and in some ways give those seeking information a better process than the Acts. Here’s an algorithm of the relationship between the different schemes I did before; Continue Reading »

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Sep 24 2009

Civil Justice Review

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Invitations to the publication of the Civil Justice Review have just been issued for Wednesday 30 September at 11am in the Signet Library. I’m told the Review will be published electronically at that time; address unknown but perhaps here.

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Aug 14 2009

Forthcoming conference: Changes to the Tribunal System

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I will be speaking on issues relative to the new Upper Tribunal at this conference, organised by the Legal Services Agency, on 14 September.

Changes to the Tribunal System: The New Two-Tier System and Its Implications

On 3 November 2008 the UK Tribunals Service experienced its most radical change in 50 years when key aspects of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 were implemented. Continue Reading »

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Aug 14 2009

Forthcoming conferences: Professor Hathaway on asylum law

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Professor James Hathaway of Melbourne University, author of “The Law of Refugee Status”, “The Rights of Refugees under International Law”, and many other leading texts on asylum law; editor of the Refugee Caselaw website; and a world renowned authority on the law of international protection, will be addressing an all-day seminar in Glasgow on Monday 5 October on issues as to refuge status and internal relocation. His work is constantly cited in, and by, courts throughout the common law world; a quick search on BAILII throws up no less than 180 cases in which he is cited as an authority. Continue Reading »

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Jul 03 2009

Albie Sachs, childrens’ representation, and fundamental rights

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Albie Sachs, Justice of the South African Constitutional Court, is one of the great judges (and in one of the great courts) of our time. On 24 June he was in Edinburgh, first speaking to the first joint meeting of the four UK and Ireland Human Rights Commissions (I wasn’t there) and then at a meeting organised by the Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young Persons (I was). The topic at the second talk was how the landmark decision in the case of S v M, 2007 ZACC 18, in which the South African Constitutional Court held that the rights of children had to be taken into account in criminal proceedings against their mother (in their own right and not merely as an aspect of the mother’s rights), came to be made, and its resonance for Scotland. Jackie Kemp’s already written a good account of the event as a whole, and I intend here to pick up some miscellaneous issues rather than duplicate that. Continue Reading »

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May 13 2009

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker Children seminar, 5 June

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The increasingly important issue of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker Children (UASCs), children under 18 who are not cared for by any adult in this country, is the topic of a seminar on Friday 5th June 2009 organised jointly by the Glasgow Immigration Practitioners’ Group, the Murray Stable, and the Scottish Refugee Council. Continue Reading »

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