The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and Human Rights: Key Points and Recommendations

14 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2015 Last revised: 7 Dec 2015

Date Written: December 3, 2015

Abstract

This paper supports the view that human rights can be utilised as a progressive force in land reform in Scotland. Due to unprecedented levels of inequality in Scotland, the Scottish Government is obliged to take action to address the present situation of poor human rights for many in Scotland. Understanding land as a national asset is key to progress in this respect. Obligations to support human rights for all through land reform emerge from both the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. Key recommendations to strengthen the Land Reform Bill in compatibility with international human rights standards are presented.

Keywords: Land reform, human rights, ECHR, ICESCR, Scotland Act, Scottish Parliament

Suggested Citation

MacInnes, Megan and Shields, Kirsteen, The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and Human Rights: Key Points and Recommendations (December 3, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2698578 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2698578

Megan MacInnes

Global Witness ( email )

Kirsteen Shields (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh ( email )

United Kingdom

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