Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, will deliver Glasgow Caledonian University’s inaugural Law and The Common Good lecture tonight. The free lecture is open to all and registration is now open.
Bruce will be joined by two of his young advisers, Hope and Beccie, and will outline how the rights framework can deliver necessary change.
Hope, 16, from the Orkney Islands previously served as a year of young people ambassador and was a member of a young people’s panel on Europe with Children In Scotland.
Beccie, 16, is a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament and UK Youth Parliament, who has campaigned on issues such as climate change and gender inequality.
Bruce has previously worked as a lawyer and as a human rights expert for the United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has been a Member of the Children’s Panel for 13 years, been a UN Representative for the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, and been Chair of the Scottish Child Law Centre.
The lecture will highlight the significance that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention) will have on the lives of children. The importance of the Convention in terms of education and ensuring a human rights response to the SQA grade allocation processes, including the work of GCU Law lecturer Dr Tracy Kirk, has recently been highlighted at Holyrood.
The Law and the Common Good Lecture was launched after GCU secured funding from The Clark Foundation for Legal Education.
Seonaid Stevenson-McCabe, solicitor and lecturer at GCU Law, said:
“These lectures are an opportunity to be inspired by those working for the common good in our communities – work which has never felt more important than it does now.
“We look forward to welcoming students, lawyers, and anyone with an interest in human rights law and policy to the event.”
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A. You can submit your question(s) in advance or via chat functionality on the day.