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The Right to Protest and its Limits: Current Controversies and Debates

Protest outside Westminster


Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre
Edinburgh Law School
Old College
South Bridge


Thu 1 December 2022

The Scottish Public Law Group and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law are delighted to invite you to an evening seminar on ‘The Right to Protest and its Limits: Current Controversies and Debates. 


This hybrid event will take place both online and in person in the Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre, Old College, University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL on Thursday 1 December 2022 at 17:15. 

Please register via the link at the bottom of the page.

When registering you will be given the option of an in person or an online ticket. If afterwards you change your mind about how you would like to attend please contact the SPLG. 

The right to protest, enshrined in the freedoms of expression, association and assembly (Arts. 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights) is fundamental to a healthy and vibrant democracy. Yet, the freedoms engaged in the context of the right to protest are not absolute, and a number of recent legislative measures, court cases and controversies, both in Scotland and across the UK, have sparked a significant debate about the scope and limits of the right to protest in our democratic system. 

The event will reflect on these recent developments and debates, and on how to establish the appropriate balance between the interests at stake when determining the scope of the right to protest and its limits in different settings. 

The event will be chaired by the Hon Lady Drummond, Senator of the College of Justice and we will hear from: 

  • Professor David Mead, Professor of UK Human Rights Law, University of East Anglia 
  • Roddy Dunlop KC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates 
  • Barbara Bolton, Senior Associate Solicitor, JustRight Scotland 

Doors open at 17:15. The talks will start at 17:30 and will conclude at 19:00, followed by a drinks reception. 



image credit: Photo by James Eades on Unsplash

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