Event: ‘Using the law to advance rights: Overcoming barriers and creating opportunities’, 22nd November, Edinburgh

October 17th 2018

Clan Childlaw is co-organising a event with Human Rights Consortium Scotland and Amnesty Scotland to discuss using law and litigation to progress rights in Scotland.

As part of Clan Childlaw’s project ‘Children’s Rights in Scotland: Using the law and human rights to advance policy’, we aim to highlight the benefits of using the law, legal processes and human rights to progress policy issues to tackle discrimination and disadvantage in relation to children in Scotland. 

This conference will look at some of the challenges and opportunities for organisations using the law and litigation to advance rights. 

The conference will be of particular interest to third sector and legal practitioners interested in using the law and legal action to achieve change and uphold rights.

It takes place on Thursday 22 November 2018 at 2pm-4.45pm at the Faculty of Advocates, Mackenzie Building, 172 High Street, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh EH1 1QX.

Event details:

We know that there is significant opportunity for civil society organisations in Scotland to make more use of the law and the courts as an effective tool to bring social change, and to make human rights real in people’s lives.

This conference will give participants valuable insight into the opportunities and challenges for organisations to use the law and courts to advance rights. Speakers will include those from organisations with firsthand experience of using public interest litigation, together with those with legal expertise, so that participants will be able to inform their strategic policy, communications and campaigning work.

The conference will provide a key opportunity to discuss what changes would help organisations and the individuals they represent to advance human rights through the courts in Scotland. The conference will also publish recommendations on addressing barriers to public interest litigation in Scotland.

The programme will include:

  • Rachel Logan, Solicitor, Amnesty International

  • Alison Reid, Principal Solicitor, Clan Childlaw

  • Jacqui Kinghan and Dr Lisa Vanhala, Learning Partners for the Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Programme, The Baring Foundation

  • Fiona McPhail, Principal Solicitor, Shelter Scotland

  • Jen Ang, JustRight Scotland

Registration via Eventbrite. 

Registration is now full – for further information and to add your name to the waiting list, please contact janet.cormack@clanchildlaw.org.