Section: Events


Past events

1.‘Fair, Lawful and Democratic?’ Assessing the Scottish Independence Referendum, 17 October 2014

This roundtable discussion evaluated the referendum process of 18 September. Aspects addressed were: participation, including voter registration, turnout and information provided to voters, as well as deliberation, including funding and spending rules, the role of the main campaign organisations, campaign rules and media and civil society engagement. A report based on the workshop proceedings is forthcoming.

2. ‘Nationalism and Globalisation: New Settings, New Challenges’, 23-24 May 2013 (see the event programme here

3. ‘Referendums and Constitutional Change: Quebec and Scotland in Focus’, 29-30 April 2013 (see the event programme here)

4. ‘Towards a Democratic and Deliberative Referendum?: Analysing the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill and the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill’, 5 April 2013

The first event in the project was held to coincide with the Referendum Bill’s introduction into the Scottish Parliament. It analysed the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill and the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill, looking for lessons in good practice from previous referendums in the United Kingdom, including the AV referendum and Welsh referendum from 2011, and from international experiences.

See the event programme here. A report based on the workshop is available here.

Events linking the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law,

the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum, and the Scottish Public Law Group

1. Nicola Sturgeon, MSP and Deputy First Minister of Scotland, spoke on 'The Constitutional Future of an Independent Scotland', 16 June 2014 (see coverage by the BBC and the Scotsman)

2. The Right Honourable Dominic Grieve QC MP, Attorney General of England and Wales, spoke on 'Two Jurisdictions, a Shared Inheritance', 9 June 2014

3. '100 Days to Go: Four Nations and a Union', University of Edinburgh, 6 June 2014

4. 'Beyond the Referendum: A Supreme Court for Scotland', University of Edinburgh, 8 May 2014

5. 'After the Referendum: Constitutional Change in the Event of a No Vote', University of Glasgow, 28 January 2014

6. 'After the Referendum: A Constitution for an Independent Scotland', University of Strathclyde, 13 November 2013

7. 'Scotland and the EU in the Event of a 'Yes' Vote in the Independence Referendum', University of Aberdeen, 11 October 2013

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