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Granville Sharp & Slavery — New Book

All British historians of slavery in the eighteenth century are familiar with the campaigning work of Granville Sharp. A civil servant, Sharp devoted much time, energy, and money to opposing slavery and promoting its abolition. he was one of the … Continue reading →

Published on 9th August 2017

Specifying and Securing a Social Minimum

Dr Dimitrios Kagiaros (Edinburgh Law School) reports on a recent workshop, ‘Specifying and Securing a Social Minimum’, held at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain with support from the Global Justice Academy. Organised by Professors … Continue reading →

Published on 7th August 2017

The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill 2017

Although women make up over 51% of the population in Scotland,[1] they are under-represented in political, civic and public life, and in senior decision making positions in the public and private sector.  Women hold only 35% of positions in the … Continue reading →

Published on 4th August 2017

Family law(s) under the Roman Empire

See our workshop announcement and call for PhDs to contribute to this workshop: Workshop CfA PhD Family Laws  

Published on 2nd August 2017

Alexander Mylne’s First Courtroom

Alexander Mylne, Abbot of Cambuskenneth (ca.1470-1548), is best known as the first President of the Court of Session, being appointed as President of the College of Justice, newly founded in 1532. Mylne was a learned churchman, who wrote a history … Continue reading →

Published on 24th July 2017

The United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Dagmar Topf Aguiar de Medeiros is reading for a PhD in Law at the University of Edinburgh, and is an intern at UN House Scotland. As a member of a delegation from Scottish civil society, she recently attended negotiations in … Continue reading →

Published on 17th July 2017

The latest World Bank Environmental and Social Framework: progress on fair and equitable benefit-sharing? (Part III)

By Marie-Catherine Petersmann* July 2017: This is the third and last blog post in a series evaluating the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework with regard to fair and equitable benefit-sharing with people affected by projects financed by the … Continue reading →

Published on 16th July 2017

The latest World Bank Environmental and Social Framework: progress on fair and equitable benefit-sharing? (Part II)

By Marie-Catherine Petersmann* July 2017: This is the second in a series of three blog posts that evaluate the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework through the lens of benefit-sharing. This post focuses on Environment and Social Standard 7 … Continue reading →

Published on 14th July 2017

The latest World Bank Environmental and Social Framework: progress on fair and equitable benefit-sharing? (Part I)

By Marie-Catherine Petersmann* July 2017: On 4th August 2016, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a new Environmental and Social Framework, which is expected to enter into effect in early 2018 and replace the current Operational Policies and … Continue reading →

Published on 12th July 2017

Brexit Policy-making: The Need for a Change in Policy Style

In recent years, UK public policy formation has neglected interests groups, their expertise and views, writes Jeremy Richardson. He argues that, particularly when it comes to Brexit, the UK government must adopt a more consensual approach to policy-making and involve a wider range of perspectives in order to ensure that policies are more effective. Whitehall […]

Published on 12th July 2017