Joint Discussion Paper 'Overcoming Barriers to Public Interest Litigation in Scotland' 

We have worked with Human Rights Consortium, Amnesty International, MECOPP, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Shelter Scotland, JustRight Scotland and Rape Crisis Scotland to produce this Discussion Paper on Overcoming Barriers to Public Interest Litigation in Scotland. It identifies challenges for those wishing to engage in PIL and suggests actions which could help overcome these. It was launched at our joint event with HRCS and Amnesty Scotland 'Using the law to advance rights: Overcoming barriers and creating opportunities' event at the Faculty of Advocates on 22nd November.

Read the report here.


2016 Event: Roundtable on Children’s Rights in Scotland: using the law and human rights to advance policy

Wednesday 26th October 2016, 2pm-4.30pm, Norton Park Conference Centre

Part of the Children’s Rights in Scotland project, this event brought together around 60 representatives of voluntary organisations, lawyers and other professionals working in children’s rights to consider how to use the law and human rights to advance policy. Thanks to everyone who participated! Special thanks to our fantastic speakers:
Michael Gowan Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament
Jennifer Twite, Just for Kids Law, London – view Jennifer’s presentation here
Fiona Jones, Clan Childlaw – view Fiona’s presentation here
Juliet Harris, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) – view Juliet’s presentation here
Morag Ross QC
Conference materials:

Clan Childlaw interventions

Clan Childlaw recently intervened in two cases:

AB v Her Majesty’s Advocate – read more about the case on the Supreme Court website and in our  note on the case following the judgment of 5 April 2017. Read our  Intervention here and the UK Human Rights Blog article about the case.

‘Named person’ case – see our page on Information sharing under the Named Person scheme and details of the case on the Supreme Court website.

Presentations and articles about this work 

Legal Services Agency Conference on Judicial Review: Overview and Practice, 1 March 2017 – Clan Childlaw’s Principal Solicitor Alison Reid participated in this conference, presenting on the subject Interventions in Judicial Review – see her presentation here.

Seminar The UNCRC in Law, Friday 10th February 2017 – Clan Childlaw recently presented on UNCRC Gaps in legislation at a seminar on The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Law. This was part of the The UNCRC in Scotland seminar series 2017 held in partnership between Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh, and the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling, funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.

Scottish Legal News Annual Review 2017 – Article by Fiona Jones, Clan Childlaw’s Policy and Advocacy Consultant, and Janet Cormack, Strategic Litigation Group Coordinator, on Rebalancing Information Sharing under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 following the Supreme Court judgment (p. 76-77).

Scottish Public Law Group Event ‘Human Rights: in Public Law and the Public Eye’, 6 December 2016 – Alison Reid was delighted to speak at this event alongside Judith Robertson, Chief Executive of the Scottish Human Rights Commission and Bruce Adamson, Legal Officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission. Alison spoke about Human Rights in Practice – Interventions.

Scottish Association of Law Centres training event on Judicial Review, 29 November 2016  Alison Reid was delighted to take part in the Scottish Association of Law Centres training event on Judicial Review for Advisors in the Voluntary Sector on 29 November 2016. Download Alison’s presentation on intervening in judicial review here.


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