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"To see ourselves as other see us" - Law Society to host international debate on Scotland's independence referendum

18 July 2014 | tagged News release

A major debate on how the Scottish referendum campaign is being viewed around the world is to be hosted by the Law Society.

The event in the Scottish Parliament, which will be chaired by the BBC's Isabel Fraser, will include journalists from Japan, Spain and the USA and will provide an international perspective as the Scottish referendum campaign reaches its climax.

The event will be part of this year's Festival of Politics and will come just a month before voters are asked to cast their votes in the historic referendum on Scottish independence.

Alistair Morris, the Society's President, said: "Our country is under an intense Alistair Morris
international spotlight.  From my own discussions with other law societies and bar associations, I know there is huge interest in the outcome of the referendum in September.

"Some have argued that the conduct of our referendum debate should act as a model to the world.  Others have questioned an aggressive and, at times, unpleasant tone to the debate.  Whilst the arguments for and against independence rage on, we wanted to step back and reflect on how the debate is being seen by others around the world.  The fantastic panel of international journalists for our event will be able to give their own insight into how the debate is being portrayed in their own and other countries.

"We are proud and delighted to once again be partnering with the Festival of Politics to deliver this event.  We are also delighted that Isabel Fraser will be chairing and are very much looking forward to what should be an extremely lively and interesting discussion."


For further information please contact Louise Docherty 0131 476 8204

Notes to Editors

The Festival of Politics is taking place at the Scottish Parliament 15 - 17 August 2014.

The Law Society sponsored event 'The Scottish Independence Referendum: To see ourselves as others see us' will take place on Saturday 16 August 13.30 - 15.00 in the Members' Room at the Scottish Parliament.

The event is a free but ticketed.  More information on the Festival of Politics and tickets are available at

The event will be chaired by the BBC's Isabel Fraser and the panellists* taking part are:

  • Mark Hennessy - London Editor, Irish Times
  • Yushin Toda - Japan Desk Scotland
  • Griff Witte - London Bureau Chief, Washington Post
  • Thomas Kielinger - London Correspondent, Die Welt
  • Oriol Gracià, Freelance Catalan journalist

*panellists may be subject to change

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