Professor 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.


The Supreme Court and devolution : the Scottish Continuity Bill reference
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen
Juridical Review (2019)
How to conceptualise energy law and policy for an interdisciplinary audience : the case of post-Brexit UK
Cairney Paul, McHarg Aileen, McEwen Nicola , Turner Karen
Energy Policy Vol 129, pp. 459-466 (2019)
Salvesen v Riddell
McHarg Aileen, Nicolson Donald
Scottish Feminist Judgments (2019) (2019)
The future of the United Kingdom's territorial constitution : can the union survive?
McHarg Aileen
Claims for Secession and Federalism (2019) (2019)
Continuity and Confusion : Towards Clarity? - The Supreme Court and the Scottish Continuity Bill
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen
The Scottish Continuity Bill Reference
McHarg Aileen

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I am class co-ordinator of Public Law 1 and Constitutional Law Honours.  I also teach on the Public Law 2 class and Administrative Law Honours.


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.  My current public law research is focused predominantly on devolution and the territorial constitution (with particular reference to Scotland), and on the constitutional implications of Brexit.  In addition, I have a long-standing research interest in energy law and regulation. I have published widely in this area.  Current energy-related research includes a UK Energy Research Council-funded project on the impact of Brexit on multi-level energy policy making.

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; co-chair of the British-Irish Chapter of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S); and a member of the Academic Advisory Group to the International Bar Association's Section on Energy, Environment, Resources and Infrastructure Law.

I serve on the editorial board of Public Law, and on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law and the Utilities Law Review.

In 2018, I was appointed to the Scottish Government's Expert Panel on Environmental Charges and Other Measures.


FUNDED PROJECT: £1500 awarded by Clark Foundation for Judicial Review at Thirty
McCorkindale, Christopher (Principal Investigator) McHarg, Aileen (Principal Investigator) Mullen, Tom (Principal Investigator)
FUNDING AWARD of £1500 from Clark Foundation to support a workshop on 'Thirty Years of Judicial Review in Scotland' with a keynote by Lord Reed (Deputy President, UK Supreme Court) and the publication of contributions in a special edition of Juridical Review.
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2015
UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) phase 3: theme 3 - Energy systems at multiple scales / R130894-107
McHarg, Aileen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2019

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