New crowdfunder: Keeping sight of women’s rights in policy and law

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keeping-sight-of-womens-rights-in-policy-and-law Our background Over the past two and a half years, we have researched and written about women’s sex-based rights and gender self-identification across different areas of public policy in the UK. We engage regularly with key decision makers and, within a short period of time, have established a strong record of impact based on…

The exclusion of sex and extension of stirring up hatred (Stage 1 debate briefing) (December 2020)

This briefing can also be accessed here Introduction This briefing was prepared for the Stage 1 debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The briefing focuses on two areas: the exclusion of sex from the hate crime protected characteristics, and aspects of the extension of the offence of stirring up hatred. Part…

Supplementary evidence on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: the meaning of transphobia (November 2020)

This blog can be accessed as a briefing here Background On 29 November 2020 we submitted supplementary evidence to the Justice Committee in the light of (a) an open letter currently circulating which has been signed by a number of parliamentarians and others (b) the Cabinet Secretary’s comments at the Justice Committee hearing on 24…

The ‘ordinary meaning’ of words: a reassurance that does not reassure (November 2020)

This blog may be downloaded as a briefing here 1. Background Discussing the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at the Justice Committee on 24 November, the Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf argued that he did not think a person would be committing a criminal offence in stating that sex is immutable (or arguing that ‘woman’…

Stage 1 questions for the Cabinet Secretary for Justice (September 2020)

This blog can be downloaded as a briefing here Background The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee began consideration of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 on Tuesday 27 October, and took evidence from Cabinet Secretary for Justice. This note sets out twelve questions to which we suggested MSPs seek answers from the Minister.…

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Views from Scottish policing (September 2020)

This blog can be downloaded as a briefing here 1.       Introduction In April 2020 the Scottish Government published the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The Bill aims to consolidate existing hate crime legislation, introduce new protected characteristics, introduce new provisions for stirring up hatred for all characteristics, and abolish the common law offence of…

Justice Committee: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill Submission by MBM

The Hate Crime and Public Order Bill is intended to provide for the modernising, consolidating and extending of hate crime legislation in Scotland. Since publication in April 2020, the draft Bill has attracted a range of critical responses, including the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.  Earlier this year we launched a small crowdfunder…

Evidence to the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee (24 August 2020)

Submission by MurrayBlackburnMackenzie Introduction We welcome the opportunity to submit evidence to the Committee and apologise for not having identified the need to do so sooner. The annex provides a note about who we are and how we are funded. Our comments relate to the regulation-making power in section 15, relating to the characteristic of…

MBM statement on the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill

Today MSPs are likely to pass into law one of the most contentious pieces of legislation considered in the lifetime of the Scottish Parliament. Last May, we wrote of our surprise that such controversial proposals – which did not feature in the SNP’s 2016 Holyrood manifesto – were being brought forward in the middle of…

Stage 3 briefing on Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

Circulated to MSPs on 8 March 2021 (also available as a PDF: Stage 3 MSP briefing final)  Part 1 In line with the Bracadale Review, we agree that sex should be included as an aggravator (amendment 4). The current omission of sex sends a message that hate directed at women is less important than other…

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