The Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum is a joint initiative of academics across the law schools of the Scottish universities. 

It seeks to provide an independent framework within which the key questions concerning Scotland's constitutional future can be aired and addressed.


The forum's main aims are to:

  • MAP the present constitutional debate by identifying and addressing the wide range of questions which have to be answered if Scotland's future is to be considered in a measured and comprehensive manner;
  • INFORM the debate by providing expert evidence, analysis and opinion from the Scottish legal academic community and beyond; and
  • ENGAGE in the debate by encouraging the participation of a wide range of groups and interests in a constitutional process the success of which depends on the breadth and depth of public involvement.

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Mike Gordon: The Permanence of Devolution: Parliamentary Sovereignty and Referendum Requirements

On 18th September 2015, the anniversary of the referendum on Scottish Independence, David Cameron announced that the UK Government plans to amend and strengthen the Scotland Bill currently progressing through the UK Parliament, to make ‘crystal clear’ that ‘Scottish devolution is woven into the very fabric of our United Kingdom’.  This amendment would be designed to ensure ‘there is absolutely no doubt: Holyrood is here to stay’.

Mark Elliott: The Scottish Parliament, the Sewel Convention, and the Repeal of the Human Rights Act: A Postscript

Last week, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said that “any attempt to repeal or amend the Human Rights Act is likely to require the legislative consent of the Scottish Parliament”. 

Barry Winetrobe: A Typical Westminster Up-EVEL

Now is a good time to reflect on some of the constitutional and parliamentary implications of EVEL (‘English Votes for English Laws’), or what used to be known, in its various manifestations over the last 40 years, as the ‘West Lothian Question’ and, more recently, the ‘English Question.’