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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Challenge on the Environment to the Referendum Campaigns

Several months ago the umbrella environment group Scottish Environment Link put up on its website a 10 point referendum challenge.  The 'Better Together' responses to the 10 challenges have just been added and the responses from the 'Yes' campaign are promised for 23 September 2013.


Royal Society of Edinburgh/British Academy: Enlightening the Constitutional Debate

The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the British Academy are holding a series of ten events entitled Enlightening the Constitutional Debate. Please see the Royal Society's website for further details.

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Arianna Andreangelli: Access to All Areas? Maybe Not ... The Future of Scotland's NHS and the EU/US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement

The negotiations between the European Union and the United States with a view to drafting and concluding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) have been met with very mixed reaction across civil society, the legal community and domestic policymakers on either side of the Atlantic.

Ewan Sutherland: Continuity of Laws, Institutions and Regulatory Certainty

In June 2014, the Scottish Government published its draft Scottish Independence Bill, on which it held a consultation. Article 34 of the Bill provides for continuity of laws:

Stephen Tierney & Katie Boyle: An Independent Scotland: the Road to Membership of the European Union

Today we publish a paper which is the outcome of an ESRC research project exploring the legal issues surrounding membership of the European Union for an independent Scotland.