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.


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  • constitutional law
  • administrative law
  • government

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Subnational Constitutionalism in Comparative Perspective: the Case of Scotland

Page, A. & Ng, Y-F., 2020, In : Public Law. 1, p. 98-115 17 p.

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The Scottish Constitution

Page, A., May 2020, The Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics. Keating, M. & McAngus, C. (eds.). Oxford University Press, (Oxford Handbook).

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  • Scotland in the United Kingdom: An Enduring Settlement?

    Page, A., 2019, Claims for Secession and Federalism: A Comparative Study with a Special Focus on Spain. Lopez-Basaguren, A. & Escajedo San-Epifanio, L. (eds.). Springer International Publishing, p. 127-138 11 p.

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  • Brexit, The Repatriation of Competences and the Future of the Union

    Page, A., Apr 2017, In : Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities. 2017, 1, p. 38-47 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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