Page, Alan


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Alan Page was appointed Professor of Public Law in 1985. He was previously a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Law (1981-85), and a lecturer at the Universities of Wales Cardiff (1975-80) and Westminster (1974-75).

He was Deputy Principal, Research Governance (2011-2015) and Dean of the School of Law (2006-15), having previously been Head of the Department of Law (2004-2006 and 1985-95), Dean of the Faculty of Law (1986-89) and Head of the Department of Public Law (1981-86).

He has acted as a specialist adviser - to the Scottish Parliament's Scotland Bill Committee (2010-11), European and External Relations Committee, (2005-07) and Subordinate Legislation Committee (2004-06), the House of Lords and House of Commons Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets (1998-99), and the House of Commons Select Committee on Scottish Affairs (1993-97); to the London Stock Exchange (1992-93) where he was responsible for rewriting the rules of the Exchange; and to the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights , and the United Nations in respect of many of the 'transition' countries of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

He was a member of the Tax Law Review Committee (1994-2004) and the Scottish Law Commission's Advisory Group on the Law of the Foreshore and Seabed (2000-03); and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council's Lead Assessor in Law (1995-96).

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies.


Undergraduate:- Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, EU law

I offer postgraduate supervision in the fields of constitutional law, including comparative constitutional law, law making, regulation, and the role of law in transitional countries.


He has published extensively in the fields of public law, EU law and financial services law.  His book The Executive in the Constitution: Structure, Autonomy and Internal Control (OUP 1999) (with Terence Daintith), offered the first constitutional and legal analysis of the inner workings of executive government for many years. Based on research undertaken within the framework of the ESRC's Whitehall programme, it showed how the executive's own mechanisms of control are no less crucial a dimension of the constitutional order than the more familiar external machinery of democratic and legal control - which can only be effective if the executive can control itself.

His previous book, Investor Protection (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1992) (with Robert Ferguson) offered the first comprehensive account of the regulation of the savings and investment industry in the United Kingdom.

His most recent book, Constitutional Law of Scotland (W Green 2015), published under the auspices of the Scottish Universities Law Institute, provides the first complete account of the constitutional law and governance of Scotland since devolution and the historic referendum on Scottish independence.

Awarded an Emeritus Fellowship from the Leverhume Trust in 2020 on UK Executive Government in the Twenty-First Century Constitution (£5,725).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • K Law (General)
  • constitutional law
  • administrative law
  • government


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