Webinar – Hate Crime: A Bill Fit for the 21st Century?

Wednesday 2 December 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm GMT, online (Scotland)


Scotland is becoming increasingly diverse. Plans to modernise hate crime laws that better reflect our society and protect its vulnerable members have been supported by many in the legal sector and public sphere. However, the Scottish Government’s answer, in the form of the Hate Crime and Public order (Scotland) Bill, has been met with serious concerns regarding vague drafting, policy intentions, and threats to free speech. This webinar will cover the following:

  • Introduction to hate crime in Scotland
  • What is hate crime?
  • Its impact on victims, families and communities
  • Current hate crime statistics in Scotland
  • Brief overview of current hate crime legislation and its problems
  • Introduction to the new Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill
  • What it seeks to do
  • Positive changes made by the Bill
  • The problematic issues that remain within the Bill in its current form
  • What needs to be done moving forward


This Zoom Webinar is relevant to criminal solicitors, trainees and students, as well as other professionals who work closely with vulnerable people.


Find out more information and book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hate-crime-a-bill-fit-for-the-21st-century-tickets-124111531933?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

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