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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.


Unity and diversity in the United Kingdom's Territorial Constitution
McHarg Aileen
The Unity of Public Law?The Unity of Public Law?, (2018)
Administrative discretion, administrative rule-making and judicial review
McHarg Aileen
Current Legal Problems, (2017)
Brexit and UK energy policy
McHarg Aileen
Scotland, the UK and BrexitScotland, the UK and Brexit, (2017)
Brexit and Scotland
McHarg Aileen, Mitchell James
British Journal of Politics and International Relations, (2017)
Legislative quality and the Scottish Parliament
McHarg Aileen
Edinburgh Law Review Vol 21, pp. 109-115, (2017)
The British constitution and post-referendum Scotland : a personal comment
McHarg Aileen
Il Regno è Ancora Unito? Saggi e Commenti sul Referendum Scozzese del 18 Settembre 2014Il Regno è Ancora Unito? Saggi e Commenti sul Referendum Scozzese del 18 Settembre 2014, (2016)

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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.