The Law School hosted a seminar on the above topic on 15th June with speakers from the RSPB, Scottish Land and Estates and the School of Law.
Dr Phil Glover (School of Law), Malcolm Combe (School of Law), Ian Thomson (RSPB) and Tim Baynes (Scottish Land and Estates) explored the legal issues around nature conservation and the law of evidence in a seminar which took place in the Sir Duncan Rice Library on June 15th.
At this event, Dr Phil Glover of the University of Aberdeen (an expert in the law of evidence, investigatory powers and related human rights matters) provided an overview of the law, drawing on his recent article in the legal journal Juridical Review entitled ‘The Admissibility of Covert Video Data Evidence in Wildlife Crime Proceedings: A "Public Authority" Issue?’ . Dr. Glover is pictured below.
Malcolm Combe of the University of Aberdeen (a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, and the author of the forthcoming book Access Rights and Rights of Way: A Guide to the Law in Scotland), chaired the event as well speaking on the issues arising from the installation of cameras and other property law matters. See Malcolm below.
The Law School academics were joined by Tim Baynes of Scottish Land and Estates (pictured below)
and Ian Thomson of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, (pictured below), who provided their practical insights on the issues that can be faced.
The seminar was well attended and produced some interesting and lively discussion.
Following the event, Dr Phil Glover and Malcolm Combe appeared on BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive alongside representatives of RSPB Scotland and Scottish Land and Estates. They spoke about wildlife crime, with specific reference to covert surveillance and land access issues.