The Scottish Government is developing a new law that will bring a number of internationally recognised human rights treaties and standards directly into Scots law. For the first time, these human rights treaties will be binding rather than guiding. There will be new duties on public bodies, and individuals and communities will be able to ‘name and claim’ these rights.

This new law will include the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

But what actually is the human right to cultural life? What relevance does it have for people in Scotland? What might it look like in practice? What impact might this right have, and what challenges and opportunities might it bring for the cultural sector and beyond?

This event is an opportunity to begin to explore these crucial questions. Listen in to experts in this field, and bring your experience and insight to the discussion.

We are delighted to be joined by Alexandra Xanthaki, the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, who will be sharing her global insight on the implementation of the right to cultural life.

The event will include the launch of a new report for the Human Rights Consortium Scotland by academics from the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow that explores the international definition of the right to cultural life. It also explores some of its implications in Scotland.

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