National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership

Overview

The National Taskforce for Human Rights was established in early 2019, in response to the recommendations made in December 2018 by the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights, and to prioritise actions that address the human rights and equality impacts of Brexit in Scotland. 

The National Taskforce for Human Rights is made up of members from the public sector and civil society. It is co-chaired by the Social Security and Older People Cabinet Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville and Professor Alan Miller, Professor of Practice in Human Rights Law, University of Strathclyde and Special Envoy of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

The Taskforce will work to establish a statutory framework for human rights that can bring internationally recognised human rights into domestic law and protect the human rights of every member of Scottish Society. 

The Taskforce is currently in the early stages of developing this new human rights framework, and is working with a wide range of representatives from the public sector, civil society and other human rights experts to determine what will go into the framework in relation to specific rights.

Members

Name

Position/Organisation

Taskforce role

Shirley-Anne Somerville

Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People

Government Co-chair

Prof Alan Miller

Professor of Practice in Human Rights Law, University of Strathclyde and Special Envoy of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

Independent Co-chair

Christina McKelvie

Minister for Older People and Equalities

Portfolio Minister with responsibility for Human Rights

Cath Denholm

Director NHS Health Scotland, and Deputy Chair Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)

Member representing NHS Health Scotland and SNH

Murray Hunt

Barrister specialising in Human Rights, and Legal Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law

Independent Member

Fiona Killen

Member Constitutional Law Sub-Committee, Law Society of Scotland, and Head of Parliamentary and Public Law Unit, Anderson Strathern

Member representing Law Society Scotland

Prof Elisa Morgera

Co-Director of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance

Independent Member

Nils Muižnieks

Former Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

Independent Member

Cllr Kelly Parry

Councillor and COSLA’s spokesperson for community well-being

Member representing COSLA

Alastair Pringle

National Director, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Scotland

Member representing EHRC Scotland

Judith Robertson

Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC)

Member representing SHRC

Mhairi Snowden

Co-ordinator Human Rights Consortium Scotland

Member representing the Consortium and civil society interests

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