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Beyond The UK Supreme Court judgment on the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Reflections on the Continuing Human Rights Journey in Scotland

Date: 8th February 2022

Time: 17:00 - 18:30 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Event Details

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been ratified by 196 countries around the world.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament in March 2021 and will make children's rights under the Convention part of the law in Scotland. The UK Supreme Court gave its judgment on the Bill on 6 October 2021. The Supreme Court unanimously decided that certain provisions of the Bill would be outside the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. The Bill will now return to the Scottish Parliament so that the Court's concerns can be further considered.

This webinar will consider the legal and constitutional implications of the UK Supreme Court's judgment both for the devolution settlement and for the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. The panel will also consider the Bill in detail, including the benefits of incorporating the Convention and the practical consequences of the judgment. The event is set in the wider context of commitments made by the Scottish government to bring forward a new Human Rights Bill which will incorporate four additional international treaties into domestic law in Scotland, and so speakers will explore the wider reforms in the Scottish Human Rights framework.

Event co-organised by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law at the University of Strathclyde and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford.

Event convened by Lucy Moxham, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, Dr Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott, University of Oxford, and Prof Alan Miller and Dr Elaine Webster, University of Strathclyde.


Murray Hunt, Director, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law


  • Dr Chris McCorkindale, Law School, University of Strathclyde
  • Prof Alan Miller, Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law, University of Strathclyde and Independent Co-Chair of the National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership
  • Juliet Harris, Director, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights)
  • Alison Byrne, Interim Director of Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights, Scottish Government
  • Michael Abiodun Olatokun, Research Leader in Citizenship and Rule of Law, Head of Public and Youth Engagement, BIICL
  • Dr Kasey McCall-Smith, Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh Law School


Event Materials



Juliet Harris 

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.


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