Food for thought?

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The area of human rights law is constantly developing. As I discussed in an earlier blog (The problem with human rights published on 1 February 2019), human rights can be a contested concept e.g. the ongoing, divisive debate over whether to grant greater access to abortion in Northern Ireland.

When I ask students what human rights are, some will reply that the right to food should be a legal entitlement in Scotland. Admittedly, Article 2 the European Convention on Human Rights (as incorporated via the Scotland Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998) protects the right to life and it could be argued that this vital right and the right to food security are intimately connected.

This is a particularly sensitive issue: in April 2018, a report in The Scotsman newspaper stated that the use of foodbanks in Scotland had risen dramatically. A link to this article can be found below:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/use-of-food-banks-in-scotland-hits-record-high-1-4729188

Interestingly, the Scottish Human Rights Commission has submitted a report to the Scottish Government making an argument for greater food security. The Commission wants Scots Law to grant people an explicit entitlement to food security and, in this way, Scotland will be well on the path to becoming a good food nation in accordance with principles laid down by the United Nations.

A link to the Commission’s Report can be found below:

http://www.scottishhumanrights.com/news/change-the-law-to-protect-the-right-to-food-for-all/

Food for thought indeed!

Copyright Seán J Crossan, 16 April 2019

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A legal blog by the author of Introductory Scots Law: Theory & Practice (3rd Edition: 2017; Hodder Gibson) Sean J. Crossan BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), MSc, TQFE I have been teaching law in Higher and Further Education for nearly 25 years. I also worked as an employment law consultant in a Glasgow law firm for over a decade. I am also a trade union representative and continue to make full use of my legal background. Please note that this Blog provides a general commentary about issues in Scots Law. It is not intended as a substitute for in-depth legal advice. If you have a specific legal problem, you should always consult with a qualified Scottish solicitor who will be able to provide you with the support that you require.

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