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

A paper published by Megan MacInnes (advisor to campaign group Global Witness) and Dr Kirsteen Shields (lecturer in Public Law and Human Rights at the University of Dundee).


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.