MacKay Hannah

Developing the Scottish Human Rights Agenda: Compliance, good practice and legal challenge

Tue 5th Feb 2013

, The Carlton Hotel

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The Scottish Government is developing a distinctive track record in giving effect to human rights in Scotland and that approach takes place against a broader context of the need to comply with human rights law. The publication of ‘Do the right thing’, work on the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UK and the current consultation on a proposed Children and Young People Bill which will ‘embed the rights of children and young people across the public sector in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)’ are examples of just some of the relevant policy developments which are currently unfolding.

A broad range of civil society organisations are focusing on human rights including The Human Rights Consortium Scotland, various private law firms with human rights cases, the commitment of 296 private companies that have a human rights statement in company policy such as Aberdeen Asset Management, academic developments such as the course run by GCU in conjunction with SCVO and the work of National Human Rights Institutions in Scotland.

In the context of the current debate on Scotland's constitutional future, the place in society for mutual respect for and enjoyment of human rights is given still more relevance.

In practical terms the need to comply with the detail and spirit of human rights will present a significant challenge for those organisations which do not understand how legislation and case law is driving change in policy, practice and service delivery. Can you afford to get it wrong?


Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs, Scottish Government


Juliet Harris National Development Officer, Together

Tressa Burke Chief Executive, Glasgow Disability Alliance

Emma Gray Head of Policy and External Communications, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

Dave Watson Head of Bargaining & Campaigns

Professor Alan Miller Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission

Diane McGiffen Chief Operating Officer, Audit Scotland

Tam Baillie Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People

John MacMillan Partner, MacRoberts LLP

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This was a very engaging seminar and I learnt a lot.

Euan Kidd, Scotland Excel,
Delegate at Understanding and Delivering Children's Rights Seminar

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