Faculty to give youngsters insight into human rights at SCCR event

James Wolffe QC

Advocates are to help young people to gain an insight into human rights, at an event by the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR).

Earlier this year, the Faculty of Advocates became a supporter of the SCCR, established by Edinburgh Cyrenians’ Trust to promote best practice in mediation, conflict resolution and early intervention. Its work has a particular focus on young people and families, recognising that family relationship breakdown is one of the biggest causes of youth homelessness.

To mark Human Rights Day, the SCCR is holding a seminar at which young people will have the chance to discuss and learn about human rights across various aspects of society – education, health, justice, housing, wellbeing, work and employment.

Dean of Faculty, James Wolffe QC, said: “In a constitutional democracy, it is important that all citizens not only have an appreciation of their rights but understand how they can resolve conflict when it arises.

“The Faculty values its association with the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution - and I am very glad indeed that we are marking Human Rights Day by collaborating with the SCCR on this event.”

The seminar, “The Human Cost of Conflict – an insight and understanding of Human Rights”, is being held in the Faculty’s Mackenzie Building, on Wednesday, 9 December.

It will be co-chaired by Ailsa Carmichael QC, who is also a speaker. Other speakers are Lady Dorrian, Tam Baillie, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner in Scotland, and Jordan Linden, MSYP, chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

A number of advocates will be on hand to assist with group sessions.

Ewan Aitken, CEO of the Cyrenians, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to bring together such diverse commentators and experts to discuss human rights and the damaging effect that conflict can have.

“The SCCR is committed to breaking down barriers and changing the culture of conflict in Scotland. This event is part of our ongoing effort to nurture and grow a community that is supported and connected across Scotland.”

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