Working directly with the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government on the development of the legislation and Statement was effective. Data that CLS generated through its partnerships, research, and community interviews were used in developing the founding legislation and the LRRS
Community Land Scotland (CLS) has worked to strengthen a human rights approach to land governance through multi-stakeholder dialogue and advocacy. Previously, Scotland’s land tenure system was oriented towards private property rights. This has changed, with CLS working with the Scottish Human Rights Commission to introduce a human rights based-approach to land governance. Through its advocacy work, CLS convinced the Scottish Land Reform Review Group that there was a need for a land policy statement. CLS has worked with Scottish and international human rights organisations to develop human rights arguments as the basis for defending people living on community land. Its efforts have led the government to pass the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement (LRRS).
A Human Rights Approach to Rural Land Governance in Scotland