Scottish Airports’ future with hydrogen – Civil liability and safety considerations

Progress on hydrogen-electric powertrains signals that UK airports could open to short haul hydrogen-powered air service before the end of the decade. Scottish regional airports, including Aberdeen, announced in November 2022 plans to develop short and medium range hydrogen services with leading hydrogen-electric engine firm ZerioAvia. These regional service prospects may follow projects for hybrid hydrogen …

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“Smart Contracts” versus “Smart Legal Contracts”: Shifting Terminology

The notion that smart contracts are not actually contracts is a common assertion found in various writings on the subject. Lawyers can be forgiven for being confused, given that ‘smart contracts’ do not qualify as contracts in the conventional sense. The term ‘contract’ in its noun form consistently denotes some form of agreement or pact. …

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Disputes in Paediatric End-of-life Care: Understanding Causes and Pathways to Resolution in NHS Grampian

Introduction Disagreeing with another person is difficult and often horrible. It is hard to imagine how much more difficult this is when doctors and parents disagree on  the treatment of a child with a life-limiting condition. No such cases have yet come before Scottish courts, but a number have come through English courts, of which …

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Managing Sovereign Debt through International Tax Cooperation 

Introduction Historically, sovereign debt is a complicated and diverse issue with substantial repercussions for governments, corporations, and individuals. States may incur debt in the form of bonds or other instruments in order to support public expenditures and investments in infrastructure, social welfare programmes, and military costs. Debt may be a beneficial instrument for funding economic …

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Considering the Ethical Implications of Generative AI

In the long-established field of artificial intelligence (AI), a new dawn has emerged with the advent of generative AI. Generative AI is a branch of artificial intelligence that creates new content, such as images or text, that appears to be created by humans. This revolutionary technology has captured the attention of researchers, developers, and the …

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Decentralised Justice, AI, and the Pursuit of Excellence

In previous years, the absolute favourite topic of my Postgraduate Law class on Online Dispute Resolution was the fascinating realm of new blockchain-based platforms, which always captured the attention and imagination of students. The allure of vast wealth in cryptocurrencies during the bull market, combined with intellectual possibilities like adapting the existing legal framework for …

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The sentencing of Sean Hogg and the operation of the Scottish Sentencing Council Guideline on the Sentencing of Young People

Introduction Earlier this year, Sean Hogg, aged 21, was convicted by a jury of raping a 13-year-old girl when he was aged 17. He had no previous convictions. He was sentenced in the High Court at Glasgow to a Community Payback Order with a requirement that he carry out 270 hours of unpaid work. He …

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