Combatting Forced Marriage: Strengthening Protection in Scots Law

Scottish Civil Justice Hub Projects

Project Overview

This project aims to provide an analysis of the operation and impact of the current legal framework in Scotland concerning forced marriage.

It will consider the use of Forced Marriage Protection Orders (introduced by the Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act 2011) and the criminalisation of forced marriage as a result of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Research Aims and Objectives

The researchers will engage with legal practitioners, individuals, and organisations to investigate how the legal framework operates in practice and to assess the effectiveness of available legal remedies and sanctions, with a view to understanding whether protection against forced marriage needs strengthening in Scots law.

Research Methods

It will comprise six workstreams, encompassing a review of legislation and case law, data collection through interviews and questionnaires, thematic analysis of the data generated, and dissemination of findings. The dataset generated, conclusions and recommendations will enable policymakers to strengthen victim protection and will inform legal education on forced marriage.

Project Funding

£115,000 from the Scottish Government’s Delivering Equally Safe Project.

Project Dates

The project will commence in October 2021.

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