What We Do
The Scottish Just Law Centre (SJLC), launching in 2020, aims to reduce discrimination and disadvantage in Scotland by helping individuals and civil society organisations use the law as a tool for social change
We will do this by identifying gaps in access to justice in Scotland, and using a human-rights based approach to support people to understand their rights, empower them to use the law to claim those rights, as well as help them hold government to account when there are gaps in the law or practice.
Our senior solicitor will provide direct legal advice in priority areas of law – focusing initially on disability justice and transgender justice – and on emerging issues across human rights and equalities law.
Alongside this work, the centre will take a leadership role in promoting strategic litigation, by helping civil society organisations identify the value of using the law and human rights based approaches in their day-to-day work, and by building links with Scottish solicitors and advocates to increase early access to pro bono expert advice and support to build strategic cases.
The centre aims to build and pilot a model that works for Scotland, drawing learning from the PILS Project in Northern Ireland, the Public Interest Law Centre and Public Law Project in England & Wales, and the Public Interest Litigation Project (PILP) in the Netherlands.
Who We Are
We will be working in partnership with Inclusion Scotland to develop and deliver our work focusing on disability justice, and with Scottish Trans Alliance, with respect to our focus on transgender justice.
We are not yet open for referrals, but will provide further updates about how to access our services here.
If you would like to discuss the SJLC or an opportunity to collaborate in our work, please contact our Director, Jen Ang.
We are grateful to The Baring Foundation for funding the development and launch of the SJLC.