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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Tom Mullen and Chris Gill: Scottish Tribunals: Smith Commission Proposes Major Transfer of Jurisdiction to Scotland

In a dramatic moment during last year’s Scottish independence referendum campaign, the three main UK political parties made a “vow” to the people of Scotland, that substantial further powers would be devolved to Scotland in the event of a ‘No’ vote. To deliver the vow, Lord Smith of Kelvin was appointed to convene cross-party talks and facilitate an inclusive engagement process leading to recommendations for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament within the UK. The Smith Commission report proposed enhancing devolved powers over a wide range of areas including tribunals.