MBM submission to Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

Our submission to the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill can be read below. A copy of the submission can also be downloaded here. About us MurrayBlackburnMackenzie (MBM) is a not-for-profit independent…

MBM submission to the Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland Working Group

This submission can also be downloaded here Introduction During the passage of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021, we wrote extensively on the proposed legislation and provided both written and oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament. Our work in this area, including our full submission to…

MBM response to the UK Statistics consultation on inclusive data (26 March 2021)

(Sent by email, 26 March 2021) Dear Sir/Madam, Since 2018 we have undertaken extensive research and analysis on data collection in relation to sex and gender identity. Our work includes both oral and written evidence to the Scottish Parliament on Scotland’s census, a peer-reviewed publication that traced the development…

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

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…

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…

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…

Response to emergency consultation on protection of freedom of expression in the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

Our response to the Justice Committee's emergency consultation on freedom of expression in Bill is provided below. A PDF version of the briefing can be downloaded here. The Issue Our concern is whether the law will provide a clear point of reference on what it does not criminalise, for…

MBM submission to Law Commission on hate crime laws in England and Wales

[This submission can also be downloaded as a briefing note.] We welcome the opportunity to respond to the Commission’s consultation on hate crime legislation in England and Wales. Our response draws on our scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (hereafter ‘Scottish Hate…