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Law and change: Scottish legal heroes
Law and change: Scottish legal heroes

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2 Individuals and organisations

Numerous individuals and organisations over the course of history have fostered and fought for changes in the law. These struggles have included issues in relation to land, employment practices, equality, the right to an education, the right not to be punished, the right to vote, against injustice and cruelty. The list is never ending. As society develops, new areas that require regulation also develop. Whilst some areas such as land law and constitutional law have their roots firmly in history, others such as the regulation of the internet and medical treatments such as IVF, are relatively new. This section touches upon a few examples to illustrate the role of individuals, organisations and institutions in developing and changing the law.