Scottish Government has recently committed to introducing a Bill to incorporate 4 more international human rights treaties directly into Scots law, as well as the right to a healthy environment, and rights for older people and LGBTI people.
As a result of the approaching human rights law reform, the Scottish Human Rights Consortium (SHRC) has organised a series of free webinars focusing on various aspects of the reform:
- “Why Do We Need a New Human Rights Law in Scotland?”, on Monday 30th August at 4pm
An opportunity to learn about what incorporation of international human rights means and why it should matter to everyone, with opportunities to ask questions. Contributors include Professor Alan Miller (former co-chair of the National Taskforce on Human Rights), Naomi McAuliffe (Amnesty International), and Juliet Harris (Together).
- “Human Rights and Devolution”, Monday 6th September at 10am
Insights from Dr Katie Boyle (University of Stirling) and Professor Nicole Busby (Glasgow University) about the relationship between devolution in the UK and human rights. With current constitutional questions being considered, together with big potential human rights law reforms at both UK and Scottish levels, this is an discussion is aimed at all those who care about human rights in the UK.
- “All Our Rights are Linked: Environmental Rights + Disabled People’s Rights”, Wednesday 8th September at 4pm
Shivali Fifield (Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland) and Susie Fitton (Inclusion Scotland) will provide insights from their work around the relationship between disabled people’s rights and the right to a healthy environment. Questions like “why should disabled people care about environmental rights?” and “why should environmentalists take on board disabled people’s rights?” will be discussed, along with an opportunity for attendees to ask their own questions.
- “Human Rights for all? Realising Migrants’ Human Rights in Scotland”, Friday 10th September at 9:15am
“New human rights law needs to work for all of us, no matter whether you were born here, or how or when you arrived here.” Chaired by Sarah Kyambi (Migration Policy Scotland), with groups working on the ground such as the Citizens Rights Project and Ando Glaso, this webinar will look at how this can be done.
For further information, or to book your place at any webinar, please click on the relevant title above.