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…

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…

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…

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…

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

This briefing looks at some of the issues raised in the submissions from Police Scotland, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS) and the Scottish Police Federation, namely those organisations who will be tasked with upholding the new law. Broadly supportive in some places and fiercely critical in others, the submissions capture the complexities that underlie the hate crime agenda, issues around public trust and police legitimacy, as well as more practical workload considerations and the costs of training 17,000 officers in what is emerging as a charged and contested area of law. 

The inclusion of ‘cross-dressers’ under the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (January 2021)

During the Stage 1 oral evidence sessions on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, the definition of ‘transgender identity’ was discussed. This briefing traces how ‘cross-dressers’ came to be included within the definition of transgender identity in the…

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…

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