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Prof Aileen McHarg

LL.B., Ph.D.


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

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

Research groups

  • Human Rights Centre

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: Co-Chair of the British-Irish Chapter of the International Society of Public Law:
  • 2018: Editorial Board Member, Public Law:
  • 2018: Member of the Scottish Government's Expert Panel on Environmental Charges and Other Measures:
  • 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:

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • English Law: Constitutional Law
  • Law & Crime: Devolution
  • Government: Devolution


Book review

  • McHarg, Aileen (2019). Popular Sovereignty in Early Modern Constitutional Thought. Public Law 2019(October): 804-806.

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Doyle, Oran, McHarg, Aileen & Murkens, Jo Eric Khushal (2021). The Brexit Challenge for Ireland and the United Kingdom: Constitutions Under Pressure. Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article

  • McHarg, Aileen (2021). Can Holyrood Bind its Successors? Edinburgh Law Review 25(2): 245-252.
  • McHarg, Aileen (2020). The Model of Territorial Decentralisation in the United Kingdom. Rivista del Gruppo di Pisa 2: 65 -88.
  • McHarg, Aileen (2020). The Supreme Court's Prorogation Judgment: Guardian of the Constitution or Architect of the Constitution? Edinburgh Law Review 24(1): 88-95.
  • McCorkindale, Christopher & McHarg, Aileen (2020). Tackling the Covid-19 Pandemic in Scotland. Revista Catalana de Dret Públic 2020: 256-265.
  • Cairney, Paul, McHarg, Aileen, McEwen, Nicola & Turner, Karen (2019). How to Conceptualise Energy Law and Policy for an Interdisciplinary Audience: the Case of Post-Brexit UK. Energy Policy 129: 459-466.
  • McHarg, Aileen & McCorkindale, Christopher (2019). The Supreme Court and Devolution: The Scottish Continuity Bill Reference. Juridical Review 2019(2): 190-197.
  • McCorkindale, C, McHarg, A & Scott, P (2018). The Courts, Devolution and Constitutional Review. University of Queensland Law Journal 36(2): 289-310.
  • McHarg, Aileen (2018). Navigating without maps constitutional silence and the management of the Brexit crisis. International Journal of Constitutional Law 16(3): 952-968.
  • McHarg, Aileen & Mitchell, James (2017). Brexit and Scotland. British Journal of Politics and International Relations 19(3): 512 - 526.
  • McHarg, A (2017). Administrative discretion, administrative rule-making and judicial review. Current Legal Problems 70(1): 267-303.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • McHarg, Aileen (2021). Analysis. The Times

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • McHarg, Aileen & Young, Alison (2021). The Resilience of the (Old) British Constitution.
  • Dougan, Michael, Hayward, Katy, Hunt, Jo, McEwen, Nicola, McHarg, Aileen & Wincott, Daniel (2020). UK Internal Market, Devolution and the Union.
  • McCorkindale, Chris & McHarg, Aileen (2020). Constitutional Pathways to a Second Scottish Independence Referendum.
  • McCorkindale, C, McHarg, A & Mullen T (2020). The Continuity Bill is Dead - Long Live the Continuity Bill: Regulatory Alignment and Divergence in Scotland Post-Brexit. Blog.
  • McHarg, Aileen (2019). The Defence of Parliamentary Democracy. Blog.
  • McHarg, Aileen (2019). The Art of Judicial Disguise.
  • McEwen, Nicola, McHarg, Aileen, Munro, Fiona, Cairney, Paul, Turner, Karen & Katris, Antonios (2019). Brexit and Renewables in Scotland.
  • McHarg, Aileen (2019). Devolution at Twenty: Embedding a New Constitutional Paradigm. Blog.