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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…