The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and Human Rights: Key points and recommendations

Megan MacInnes, Kirsteen Shields

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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.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSocial Science Research Network
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2015


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