Date: 24th June 2019
Time: 09:00 - 16:30
Law Society of Scotland
144 Morrison Street
CPD Hours: 5.5
5.5 hours verifiable CPD
On May 6 1999, the first election for the Scottish Parliament was held. Devolution in Scotland in those twenty years has answered many questions, and posed many more.
Scotland has led the way in delivering some truly reforming legislation, including free personal care, free tuition, minimum alcohol pricing, and implementation of the smoking ban. What areas of public policy might the parliament introduce legislation on over the next twenty years? Will these focus on the gig economy and worker’s rights, social partnerships and in enshrining equalities? Environmental issues and clean energy supply?
Attend this conference and hear from:
Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
Rt Hon Henry McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland
The Lord Advocate, Rt Hon James Wolffe QC
Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde
Sir Paul Grice, Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament
Professor Nicola McEwen, Centre on Constitutional Change, University of Edinburgh
Judith Morrison, Principal Solicitor, Scottish Parliament
Michael P. Clancy OBE, Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland
Chris Deerin, Director, Reform Scotland
Severin Carrell, Scotland Editor, Guardian Newspaperr
Gillian Bowditch, The Sunday Times
Andrew Tickell, Academic and Commentator
Arguments for and against devolution have been superseded by ones about the extent to which further powers should be devolved. At various times new models have been debated, ranging from establishing Scotland as an independent state; to one with full fiscal autonomy, or a second chamber. Ideas promoted have included ‘devo max’ and ‘devo plus’, federalism and a reconstituted United Kingdom.
This event will discuss these ideas as well as examining how the Scottish Parliament been guided by its principles of openness, inclusivity and participation, cooperation and accountability. We will look ahead to the next twenty years, and beyond, in the company of speakers from politics, academia, the legal profession and commentariat. Significantly, how does the legal profession best influence that policy and legislation to help ensure that good law emerges?
At this conference you will:
- understand how to engage with and influence parliamentary procedures, including drafting of legislation
- hear from those most closely involved in establishing Holyrood, what their aims were and what it will look like in future
- learn about how the Scottish Parliament has evolved and how it has influenced ideas around federalism, the UK’s constitution (should we have a written one in Scotland) and empowerment
- analyse the key changes and legislation
- discuss how the legal spheres and political spheres can work together to create better law