Law Society of Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University to host seminar on Brexit and human rights

Alison Britton

The Law Society of Scotland is partnering with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to host the second in a series of Brexit-themed seminars “Human Rights Reform: Scotland’s place in Brexit” on 23 February in Glasgow.

An expert panel from the legal profession and academic community will examine the potential impact of the UK vote to leave the EU on human rights, including the consequent withdrawal from the EU Charter of Fundamental Human Rights on equalities and the public and the media’s role in reporting these issues.

Speakers Nicole Busby, professor of labour law and head of school at the University of Strathclyde, Dr Peter Geoghegan, writer and lecturer in journalism at the University of the West of Scotland, and Anthony Speaight QC, barrister at Pump Court Chambers in London will lead discussions at the event chaired by Michael Clancy, director of law reform at the Law Society of Scotland.

Alison Britton, professor of healthcare and medical law at GCU and convener of the Society’s health and medical law sub-committee has organised the series of Brexit seminars with the Society’s research team.

Professor Britton said: “We want to contribute to the debate as the negotiation process moves forward and ensure that the interests of our members and their clients are heard as decisions are taken on a new relationship with Europe.

“The specific issue of how the UK’s exit from the EU will impact on human rights touches on an extremely wide range of areas. From rights to family life for those currently exercising the right to free movement, to data protection and privacy rights relating to how our information is handled and used, and the underlying structure of our equalities law. The Society will be monitoring these issues closely during negotiations and will continue to engage with the UK and Scottish Parliaments throughout the process.”

The event is free and the speeches will be broadcast live on the society’s Facebook page, with a recording available afterwards.

In addition to hosting the series of seminars, the society has responded to consultations from the UK and Scottish parliaments and has published a priorities paper, which was submitted to the UK government ahead of the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech on 17 January.

The event is from 5.30pm-8.30pm on Thursday, 23 February, at Glasgow Caledonian University Hamish Wood Building, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow. To register please visit:

For more information about the Society’s work on Brexit, visit the website:

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