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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.

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.

Expertise & Capabilities

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

Teaching Interests

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.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Laws, University of Edinburgh


  • Public Law
  • Energy Regulation
  • Climate Change Regulation

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Projects 2014 2019

FUNDED PROJECT: £1500 awarded by Clark Foundation for Judicial Review at Thirty

McCorkindale, C., McHarg, A. & Mullen, T.


Project: Projects from Previous Employment

UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) phase 3: theme 3 - Energy systems at multiple scales / R130894-107

McHarg, A.


Project: Research - Internally AllocatedResearch (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 2008 2019

Devolution in Scotland

McHarg, A., 11 Jul 2019, The Changing Constitution. Jowell, J. & O'Cinneide, C. (eds.). 9th ed. Oxford, 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


How to conceptualise energy law and policy for an interdisciplinary audience: the case of post-Brexit UK

Cairney, P., McHarg, A., McEwen, N. & Turner, K., 30 Jun 2019, In : Energy Policy. 129, p. 459-466 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Energy policy
Large scale systems