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Professor Aileen Mcharg

Professor in Public Law and Human Rights

Professor in Public Law and Human Rights in the Durham Law School+44 (0) 191 33 42805


Aileen McHarg has been Professor of Public Law and Human Rights at Durham Law School since September 2019. Prior to joining Durham she held a Chair in Public Law at Strathclyde University, and before that posts at Glasgow and Bristol Universities.

Her main teaching and research interests lie in UK and Scottish constitutional and administrative law. She publishes widely in these fields, but has particular expertise in devolution and the UK's territorial constitution. Along with Prof Roger Masterman, she is joint general editor of Public Law.

She also researches in energy law and regulation, where her publications focus on questions of energy governance and the promotion and regulation of sustainable energy. 

Professor McHarg welcomes applications for PhD supervision in both of these areas. 

Research interests

  • Administrative law
  • Devolution and the territorial constitution
  • Energy governance
  • Sustainable energy regulation
  • UK and Scottish constitutional law

Esteem Indicators

  • 2021: Joint General Editor of Public Law:
  • 2021: Member of the UK Constitutional Monitoring Group:
  • 2020: Research Excellence Framework, Law Sub-Panel Member:
  • 2018: Member of the Scottish Government's Expert Panel on Environmental Charges and Other Measures:
  • 2018: Co-Chair of the British-Irish Chapter of the International Society of Public Law:
  • 2018: Editorial Board Member, Public Law:
  • 2016: Executive Committee Member of the UK Constitutional Law Association:
  • 2012: Member of the Law Society of Scotland's Constitutional Law Sub-Committee:
  • 2010: Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law:
  • 2006: Member of the Academic Advisory Group to the International Bar Association's Section on Energy, Environment Resources and Infrastructure Law:


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