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The Role of the Courts in 25 Years of Devolution

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Teaching Room 6,
Old College


Thu 16 May 2024

As part of a series of events on the 25 years of Devolution, this seminar organised by the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law focuses on the role that the courts, and the Supreme Court in particular, have played in shaping Scotland’s devolution settlement. For this, our first speaker, Paul Reid KC, will discuss his experience in devolution litigation as First Standing Junior Counsel for the Scottish Government. Our second speaker, Josep Maria Tirapu, will then consider some of the most significant UK Supreme Court decisions in the context of devolution from the perspective of his work on the role of courts in plurinational systems.


 Taehyeon Kim, Edinburgh Law School


Paul Reid, KC, ‘‘Defending Devolution: some reflections from the front line’’.

Josep Maria Tirapu, PhD Candidate, Cambridge University, ‘‘The role of courts in the accommodation of national pluralism: lessons from the UK Supreme Court".


 Elisenda Casanas, Edinburgh Law School

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