Twenty years of the Scottish Parliament: An Anniversary in Turbulent Times


The Scottish Public Law Group and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law are delighted to invite you to an evening seminar commemorating the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament. The event will take place in the Adam Lecture Theatre, Old College, University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL on Thursday 21 March 2019.

The event is free and will attract 1.5 hours of CPD.

The creation of the Scottish Parliament radically transformed Scotland’s constitutional arrangements, bringing political deliberation, governmental accountability, and law-making closer to the Scottish people, and its impact has extended to may different areas of the wider UK constitution. During these two decades, the Scottish Parliament has been an active legislator and a catalyst for change across most areas of Scots public law and the Scottish legal system, including the significant development of the protection of rights for the people living in Scotland.

The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament by reflecting on its achievements and its impact on the constitutions of Scotland and of the United Kingdom. It will also use this anniversary as an opportunity to look to the future and consider the challenges the Scottish Parliament is currently facing.

The event will be chaired by Kasey McCall-Smith, Lecturer in Public International Law, University of Edinburgh, and we will hear from:

  • Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, who will reflect on his time in the Scottish Parliament, first as an MSP and now as Presiding Officer,
  • Professor Stephen Tierney, University of Edinburgh, who will speak about the constitutional impact of the Scottish Parliament, and
  • a third speaker TBA.

Registration is from 17:15. The talks will start at 17:30 and will be followed by a wine reception.

The Scottish Public Law Group’s privacy notice can be accessed here.