Prof Aileen McHarg

Professor Of Public Law


Personal statement

I joined the School of Law in April 2012, having previously worked at the University of Glasgow and before that at the University of Bristol.


Has expertise in:

    • Constitutional and administrative law;
    • Energy regulation;
    • Climate change regulation;
    • Regulatory theory.


Community benefit through community ownership of renewable generation in Scotland : power to the people?
McHarg Aileen
Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource ActivitySharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity, (2016)
Rights and democracy in UK public law
McHarg Aileen
The Cambridge Companion to Public LawThe Cambridge Companion to Public Law, (2015)
Introduction : Judicial Review at thirty
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen, Mullen Tom
Juridical Review Vol 2015, pp. 317-323, (2015)
The independence referendum, the contested constitution, and the authorship of constitutional change
McHarg Aileen
Scotland 2014 and BeyondScottish Studies International Vol 39, (2015)
Devolution of the Crown Estate and Energy Policy in Scotland
McHarg Aileen
Risk, regulation and carbon capture and storage : the United Kingdom experience
McHarg Aileen, Poustie Mark
The Law of Energy UndergroundThe Law of Energy Underground, (2014)

more publications


I am class convenor of Public Law 1 and Constitutional Law Honours.  I also teach on the Public Law 2 class and contribute to the Socio-Economics of Energy Systems class for students in the Wind and Marine Energy Systems Doctoral Training Centre.  In 2014/15, I will be convening a new LL.M. class on Sustainable Energy Governance as part of the LL.M. in Climate Law and Policy.

Research interests

My main research interests lie in the area of public law, broadly defined.  I am interested in most aspects of UK and Scottish constitutional and administrative law.  Current research themes relate to:

  • Scotland's constitutional status and the future of the UK's territorial constitution;
  • the constitutional regulation of the judiciary;
  • the relationship between different models of constitutionalism - political, legal, economic and environmental.

I am currently a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Constitutional Law Sub-Committee; an Executive Committee member of the UK Constitutional Law Association; a member of the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum; and analysis editor (Public Law) of the Edinburgh Law Review.

A second aspect of my research relates to regulatory theory and practice, particularly in relation to energy utilities and climate change.  I have written widely on UK and EU energy regulation, on questions of institutional design, regulatory accountability and consumer representation, and am currently focused on the promotion of sustainable energy.  Since 2012, I have been Chair of the Academic Advisory Group to the International Bar Association's Section on Energy, Environment, Resources and Infrastructure Law.  I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law and of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Utilities Law Review.