Scotland is responsible for observing and implementing international human rights obligations in devolved areas such as health, social security, education, housing and social care. Ensuring human rights protection in this area is part of the UK’s international obligations. At a practical level, it means that human rights are embedded across the work of government to ensure law and policy supports the dignity of everyone in Scotland. There is a vibrant and dynamic conversation in Scotland about human rights reform. Civil and political momentum has committed Scotland to a path where civil, political, economic, social, cultural, environmental rights are better protected.
Research undertaken by Professor Katie Boyle of the University of Stirling has been informing Scotland’s approach to the legal incorporation of the rights into domestic law. Ultimately, this means giving people the opportunity to enjoy their rights and to have routes to effective remedies available if or when their rights are not adequately protected.