20 January 2011

Events, dear boy, events...

This blog - and I dare say, a portion of its readers - are interested in the connections between Scots law and Scottish politics. With that in mind, I wanted briefly to mention just a couple of events I thought it might be of particular interest to highlight. The Glasgow University Leftist Law Society have organised a public debate on Scottish land law, to be held on the 23rd of February between 18:00 - 20:00. Here's the bumph:

"Andy Wightman, author of recently released book 'The Poor Had No Lawyers', will participate in a debate with Robert Rennie, Professor of Conveyancing and Dr. Andrew Cumbers, Reader in Geographical Political Economy, both at Glasgow University on the subject of the inequities of land tenure in Scotland and possibilities for reform."

The event will be held in Lecture Theatre C of the Boyd Orr Building in the University of Glasgow and is open to the general public. The event's facebook page with the relevant details can be found here.

Secondly, for those who are of more of a criminal and public law bent, the charity Children 1st (which may be more familiar to many of us under its more foosty name Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children) are organising a conference on the 10th of February in Edinburgh on "The Voice of the Child in the Judicial System". The Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini will be a keynote speaker. For those particularly interested in the issue, some information:

CHILDREN 1ST is delighted to announce that on 10th February 2011 at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel, Haymarket, Esther Rantzen CBE, journalist and founder of ChildLine, and the Rt Hon Elish Angiolini QC Lord Advocate will be keynote speakers at 'Voice of the Child in the Judicial System'.

Esther Rantzen CBE will draw on her considerable experience and passion as a campaigner for child welfare to look at what needs to be improved for children involved as witnesses or victims in court.

The Rt Hon Elish Angiolini QC, Lord Advocate brings her significant commitment to improvements for vulnerable witnesses to a keynote address that will look at recent developments on this issue and the challenges that lie ahead.

As well as these high-profile and influential keynote speakers, this event will also hear from young people about their own experiences, from speakers with in-depth knowledge of recent policy and practice developments around children's participation in court or in Children's Hearings, and will debate what change is still needed.

To secure your place, go to: http://www.children1st.org.uk/event-types/1/conferences-seminars

For more information on this event, please contact info@children1st.org.uk or T: 0131 446 2300.

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