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Splitting the roles of Lord Advocate and Solicitor General into prosecutor and minister respectively

It is a long-standing but nevertheless unsatisfactory feature of Scots law that the Lord Advocate performs two quite incompatible roles. On the one hand, the Lord Advocate is the Head of the Scots state prosecution service, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and yet he or she is…

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Russell Revisited: A Return to Russell's Paradox and the Principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty

My thanks to Prof Michael Beaney (Regius Chair of Logic, University of Aberdeen) and Prof Gavin McLeod Little (University of Stirling) for thoughtful review and discussion of these ideas, and to seminar students on University of Aberdeen, School of Law’s UK Constitutional Law module, who helped to spark my thoughts…

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Unravelling the US Presidential Election

One of the most perplexing things about US elections is the extent to which we litigate what in much of the rest of the world are routine nuts and bolts questions about how elections work. I had first-hand experience with this during the 2000 presidential election when I was living…

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Climate Case Ireland: The Good News and the Bad

There are only two tragedies in life…

Oscar Wilde

I have talked multiple times in print[1] and in lectures of Ireland’s need to live up to the distinguished legacy of John Tyndall (1820–1893), the Irish scientist who made vital contributions to our understanding of the science behind climate change. 

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