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Palaeography Classes

Palaeography is an important skill for legal historians, and indeed all historical researchers in records. The National Records of Scotland have just advertised their new palaeography course, starting 25 September. See Reading Scotland’s Records

Published on 21st September 2018

Brexit and Human Rights in Northern Ireland

Alan Greene Brexit and Rights Engagement Network     As the Brexit negotiations reach their endgame, the border on the island of Ireland has become the main stumbling block. The so-called ‘Irish question’ is, however, much more multi-faceted than just the issue of ‘border checks’. The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) which has brought relative peace …

Published on 21st September 2018

Now is the time to consider a bill of rights for Scotland

Kirsteen Shields Brexit and Rights Engagement Network     The UK government is chasing an illusion of sovereignty via Brexit, but it is a change that will come at the expense of our rights. Westminster will remove one of the few, and relatively new, limits on its powers when it revokes membership of the EU. …

Published on 21st September 2018

Inspiring Action in these Challenging Times

The Global Justice Academy (GJA) and Edinburgh Law School welcomed over 200 human rights academics and practitioners to the University of Edinburgh for the 2018 Association of Human Rights Institutes  (AHRI) Annual Conference on the 6-8 September 2018. The GJA … Continue reading →

Published on 19th September 2018

Incorporating International Human Rights in a Devolved Context

Kasey McCall-Smith Brexit and Rights Engagement Network     International human rights treaties universally contain a call to States parties to give legal effect to the obligations found in the treaty text. Article 2(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, for example, obliges states ‘to adopt such laws or other measures as …

Published on 17th September 2018

Slavery and Imagery

One of the most successful books of the nineteenth century was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, first published in 1852. It is not a subtle work, and to modern tastes its sentimentality makes it rather unreadable. I suspect it is read nowadays … Continue reading →

Published on 7th September 2018

Taking Stock: Scotland and Brexit

Tobias Lock Brexit and Rights Engagement Network     With little more than six months to go before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, the position of Scotland vis-à-vis the EU is not much clearer than it was in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum more than two years ago. The …

Published on 5th September 2018

Criminal Cooperation, Brexit and the devolved nations: where are we and what is the way ahead?

Anni Pues Brexit and Rights Engagement Network     Brexit will bring to an end judicial and police cooperation between the UK and the EU as we know it. The UK government seeks to retain key elements through a specific ‘security treaty’. Its White Paper from July 2018 envisages that for the area of ‘internal …

Published on 4th September 2018

New Honorary Professors

The Centre for Legal History is delighted to announce that the University of Edinburgh has appointed two of the United Kingdom’s leading legal historians as Honorary Professors in the School of Law with effect from 1 September, 2018. These are … Continue reading →

Published on 13th August 2018

Hope Meets Expectation

This post is by Sarah-Jane Cooper Knock, and first appeared on the Security at the Margins (SeaM) blog. SJ is a Lecturer in International Development at the University of Edinburgh. Her current research focuses on magistrates courts in South Africa and asks what role … Continue reading →

Published on 8th August 2018