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Justice for All: Law as a Force for Good Conference

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Student-run conference 'Justice For All' will bring together some of Scotland's leading solicitors, advocates, campaigners and human rights groups to consider the relationship between law and the common good.

All within and outwith the Edinburgh University community are welcome to attend. So please pass this on - and the eventbrite free ticket page - to anyone who'd be interested!


Registration: 10am - 10.30am

Panel 1: 10.30am - 11.20am

Access to Justice: Can the law help victims of an unequal society?

Rebecca Samaras, Leads University of Edinburgh Free Legal Advice Centre, Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Studies, member of the Law Society of Scotland’s ‘Access to Justice’ committee.

Aamer Anwar, Leading human rights lawyer and campaigner, Partner in Aamer Anwar and Co, and Rector of the University of Glasgow.

Ryan McCuaig, diploma student at the University of Glasgow, board member of Who Cares? Scotland (an organisation advocating for care experienced people), and a supporter of improving access to justice and the legal profession.

Panel 2: 11.30am - 12.20pm

Reforming criminal justice and prisons

John Scott QC, Solicitor Advocate and human rights expert, Convenor of the Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland 2006 to 2018, chaired several national reviews relating to policing policy.

Dr Hannah Graham, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Stirling. Her research concentrates on criminal justice and the sociology of punishment, including expert research on rehabilitation and electronic monitoring.

Rachel Ferguson, Doctoral Researcher at The University of Glasgow, affiliated with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), and primarily focused on the development of the criminal law.

Panel 3: 12.30pm - 1.20pm

Housing Law: Homes for all in an age of crisis

Fiona McPhail, Principal Solicitor Shelter Scotland, formerly of Legal Services Agency, challenged Serco's planned mass eviction of Glasgow asylum seekers through the courts in 2018.

Dr Nick McKerrell, Law lecturer, particularly in public and housing law, at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Gordon Maloney, Representative of Living Rent: Scotland's Tenants Union, former president of the National Union of Students Scotland.

Lunch: 1.20pm - 2.30pm

Panel 4: 2.30pm - 3.20pm

Protecting Workplace Rights in the 21st century

Stella Rooney, Campaiger with workplace-rights group Better Than Zero.

Professor David Cabrelli, Chair of Labour Law University of Edinburgh Law Department, author of legal text 'Employment Law in Context' now in its third edition, and an assistant editor of the Edinburgh Law Review.

Stephan Cross QC, Lawyer with Action 4 Equality Scotland, equal pay campaigner involved in some of the largest payouts in cases of mass-party pay injustice litigations.

Panel 5: 3.30 - 4.20pm

Our responsibility to the common good

Andrea Coomber, UK Director of JUSTICE, an all-party law reform and human rights organisation working to strengthen the justice system.

Jen Ang, Director/Partner of JUSTRIGHT Scotland, Scotland’s legal centre for justice and human rights.

Jonathan Mitchell QC, Advocate, particularly experienced in areas of Administrative & Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Family Law cases.

Eamon H. Keane, Convenor of Scottish Legal Action Group, which aims to increase understanding of the law and legal services, and improve the legal system for the benefit of those economically, socially or otherwise disadvantaged.

RebLaw Scotland, A collaboration of students and academics at the University of Glasgow set up in 2017 with a view to looking at how law can be used as a tool for social justice.

Closing remarks: 4.20pm

Professor Stephen Tierney, on behalf of University of Edinburgh Law School. Professor Tierney is Deputy Head of the Law School, Professor of Constitutional Theory and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law.

Drinks and buffet: 4.25pm - 5pm

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