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

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Human rights

The Human Rights Act 1998 requires public bodies to act compatibly with a wide range of the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

  • For public authorities other than the Scottish Government, the only exception to this is where a duty under primary legislation made at the UK Parliament means that they cannot do otherwise.
  • The Scotland Act 1998 obliges the Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament to act compatibly with both human rights and European law.