In July 2018, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) released a draft version of the Code of Ethics (CoE) for the charity sector. This proposed code is currently under revision. The purpose of this policy paper is to provide a brief commentary on the CoE, highlighting its normative strengths and weaknesses, and proposing suggestions for improvement for each of the latter.
Given the ubiquity and centrality of social and relational influences to the human experience, our conception of self-governance must adequately account for these external influences. The inclusion of socio-historical, externalist (i.e., “relational”) considerations into more traditional internalist (i.e., “individualist ”) accounts of autonomy has been an important feature of the debate over personal autonomy in recent years. But the relevant socio-temporal dynamics of autonomy are not only ...
First paragraph: The air that we breathe is fundamental to human life and the quality of our environment. The quality of life lived is placed at short and longer term risk by pollution. In Scotland today, whilst industrial, domestic, agricultural, natural and transboundary pollution are all parts of the mix, pollution from transport is the single biggest source of concern. Tackling all sources requires concerted and systemic action.
The relationship between climate change and human rights law has come under increased scrutiny in the last decade. Since 2008, human rights bodies have recognised that both climate change and climate change response measures may affect the enjoyment of human rights. Parties to the climate regime have followed suit, slowly but surely incorporating human rights language in their decisions.Then, in 2015, the Paris Agreement became the first international environmental treaty to make an explicit ...
The rise of online feminist activism has been a catalyst for driving attention globally to issues concerning women and their everyday experiences of violence and harassment, both online and offline. The Internet, and in particular social media platforms, have also been places of political struggle and protest for many women who otherwise would have been unable to speak out about public and political issues. At the same time, women who participate in these online fora face various forms of vio...
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