Academic Success

Professor Callum Brown

Following the publication of the Religion in Scots Law report in 2016, the University of Glasgow Humanist Studies Hub and Humanist Society Scotland co-hosted four seminars and a Religion and Law conference to consider the report’s findings.

We were delighted to welcome to the University in June many members and supporters of the Society attending our conference. The event covered diverse topic areas, led by experts, such as religion in Scottish schools, rights at the end of life, employment law, and religion and recent changes to marriage law.

The University also hosted a number of seminars with HSS officers and key members where we invited specialist academics from across the UK to share knowledge and experience on the report’s findings. As a result of these seminars, we have built up a picture of areas of law to enable the Society and other groups to better negotiate changes in how the law is implemented in Scotland with regard to faith and belief.

At the Humanist Studies Hub we are continuing to look at opportunities for further research. We are in discussion with different groups in the design of future research, and assessing how organisations like HSS can help and contribute to those investigations. Our aim is to provide research for, and research about, the Society to further its policy development and effectiveness.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Society for sponsoring the audit of Scots Law report, and for allowing open access publication so that it can be used effectively as a resource for campaigners and lawmakers.

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