Protecting Economic and Social Rights in Scotland's Future

Event Name Protecting Economic and Social Rights in Scotland's Future
Start Date 11th Dec 2014 12:00pm
End Date 11th Dec 2014 2:00pm
Duration 2 hours

The Scottish Human Rights Commission in association with the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law and the Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh invite you to join Professor Aoife Nolan, University of Nottingham, a leading international human rights expert, and James Wolffe QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, to consider the future of economic and social rights in Scotland.

What can Scotland learn from international approaches to incorporating economic and social rights?

Professor Aoife Nolan, School of Law, University of Nottingham,

Aoife Nolan, LL.B (Dublin), PhD (EUI), is Professor of International Human Rights Law at the School of Law, University of Nottingham. She has published extensively in the areas of human rights, particularly in relation to economic and social rights and children’s rights, as well as on constitutional law. Aoife has acted as an expert advisor to a wide range of international and national bodies working on human rights issues, including a range of UN Special Procedures, the Council of Europe and multiple national human rights institutions.

More and more countries are incorporating economic and social rights (ESR). Even in jurisdictions where there has historically been resistance to legally enforceable ESR, there is growing consideration of whether to accord domestic recognition to such rights. In some countries, increased legal protection of ESR has resulted from general constitutional reform efforts triggered by specific political and historical ‘moments’.  In others, interest in ESR has been heightened by the impact of economic globalisation, including the recent financial and economic crises. 

This growing constitutionalisation of ESR has involved a range of models of ESR protection, both between and within constitutional frameworks. As Scotland considers how to improve outcomes for people in housing, health, education, social security and other ESR-related issues in the post-referendum context, this talk will draw on comparative experience to consider the options open to Scotland to accord ESR increased protection.

Economic and social rights in Scotland: lessons from the past; options for the future

James Wolffe QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates

James Wolffe QC called to the Scottish bar in 1992, took silk in 2007 and was elected Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in 2014. James was First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government 2002-7 and an Advocate Depute 2007-10. He has been instructed as counsel in public law cases at all levels in the court system, including the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the UK Supreme Court.

The lecture will address the current status of economic and social rights in Scots law; the approaches which have been taken hitherto to the incorporation in Scots law of human rights instruments; some particular issues which arise when considering the incorporation of economic and social rights into domestic law; and options for the future.

 Lunch will be provided from 12pm in the Lorimer Room, School of Law, Old College, South Bridge, University of Edinburgh

 Lecture will be in the adjacent Lecture Theatre 175


12.15pm        Introduction by Professor Alan Miller, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission

 12.30pm        Professor Aoife Nolan, School of Law, University of Nottingham

 1pm              James Wolffe QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates

1.30pm           Questions

 2pm               Close 

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This event is taking place as part of a programme of events to mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December and the first anniversary of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights. It is one of a series of events organized across the UK between 8-12 December 2014.