Back under the radar? A review of plans for the census

This blog looks at recent developments on the framing of the sex question in the next census. TimingThe UK census is undertaken by three separate census authorities: National Records of Scotland (NRS); the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which covers…

Submission on the operation of the Lobbying Act 2016

The Scottish Parliament's Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee is currently undertaking post-legislative scrutiny on the operation of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. Our submission can be found here: MBM submission on Lobbying Act August 2020-converted.

Statement about Edinburgh University Press and our Scottish Affairs article

This time last year, our article 'Losing sight of women's rights: the unregulated introduction of gender self-identification as a case study of policy capture in Scotland' was published in the journal Scottish Affairs. A couple of months prior to publication,…

MBM submission on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

We have submitted evidence to the Stage 1 inquiry of the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. Summary of key arguments: The argument is not convincingly made by the Bracadale Review…

A negligible effect? The untested assumptions behind plans for the 2021 census

“The proposed 2021 census will probably be the most important for a generation. It will begin to show the devastating effects of Covid-19 on our communities and individuals. It is imperative that the largest number of our citizens are included.”Lord…

Reform ‘under the radar’? Lessons for Scotland from the Development of Gender Self-Declaration Laws in Europe

Reform ‘under the radar’? Lessons for Scotland from the Development of Gender Self-Declaration Laws in Europe will be published in the forthcoming edition of  Edinburgh Law Review vol. 24 (2): pp 281-289. May 2020 An advance copy is available here:…

MBM submission to Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on the impact of Covid-19 on protected groups

Submitted to the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee's inquiry on the impact of Covid-19 on those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting on different protected groups in different ways. It appears that…

Shifting sands on the definition of ‘woman’ in Scots law: the journey of the Gender Representation on Public Boards Act from consultation to implementation

That women remain under-represented in public life is largely uncontested. Campaigns to improve the representation of women enjoy support across the political spectrum, even if there are differences in opinion on how that might be achieved. In early 2018, the…

MBM assessment of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

We have today published our review of the Scottish Government’s draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. The review can be accessed here: MBM Assessment of draft Gender Recognition Bill and Consultation 24 January 2020 Our review assesses the draft bill…