Briefing for Stage 1 debate: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

We have prepared a briefing for MSPs ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill which will take place on Tuesday 15 December. Our briefing focuses on two areas: the exclusion of sex…

Legislating for hatred against women: the view from the coalface (December 2020)

This blog may be accessed as a briefing here The omission of ‘sex’ as a protected characteristic is a key area of contention in the proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, which is currently making its way through…

Supplementary evidence on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

We have 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…

Options for securing consensus on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (September 2020)

This blog may be downloaded as a briefing hereA more detailed briefing note on these proposals can be accessed here It has been hard to miss the reaction to the Scottish Government’s proposal in its hate crime bill to extend…

The Scottish Parliament’s bill process and the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

This is a post setting out how the Scottish Parliament handles government bills, and what that means for the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. A Bill is the draft form of an act of parliament. An Act of…

The limits of precedent and the special case of racial hatred (August 2020)

This blog is available as a briefing here In response to a recent parliamentary question by Labour MSP James Kelly on the proposed stirring up hatred offences in the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, and whether these should…

Should ‘Variations in Sex Characteristics’ be included in the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill? (August 2020)

This blog can be downloaded as a briefing paper here The Hate Crime and Public Order Bill provides for ‘Variations in Sex Characteristics’ (VSCs) as a standalone protected characteristic. This represents a change from the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland)…

Defining transgender identity in the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill and beyond (August 2020)

Briefing paper download This blog looks at how the characteristic ‘transgender identity’ is defined in the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill, and in public policy more widely. We argue that a failure to clarify what is meant by this…

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