Alan Page

Alan Page

Emeritus Professor of Public Law
University of Dundee


Alan Page retired from the University of Dundee in 2020, having been Professor of Public Law since 1985. Before moving to Dundee, he held academic appointments at Cardiff University and the University of Westminster.

He has published extensively in the fields of public law, EU law and financial services law.  His books include Constitutional Law of Scotland (W Green, Thomson Reuters 2015), The Executive in the Constitution: Structure, Autonomy and Internal Control (Oxford University Press 1999) (with Terence Daintith), Investor Protection (Cambridge University Press 1992) (with Robert Ferguson), and Legislation (2nd edn; Sweet and Maxwell 1990) (with David Miers). Published under the auspices of the Scottish Universities Law Institute, his Constitutional Law of Scotland provides the first full account of the constitutional law and governance of today’s Scotland.

In addition to his published work, he has acted as a specialist adviser to: parliamentary committees in the United Kingdom and Scottish Parliaments, most recently and extensively in connection with the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union; and to the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the European Union and the United Nations in respect of many of the 'transition' countries of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

He is the holder of a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship for a study of UK Executive Government in the 21st Century Constitution and was a member of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice’s Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) 2020-2021.

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Does the Scottish Parliament have the power to legislate for a referendum on Scottish independence?

In a statement last week, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she has referred the question of whether a referendum on Scotland's independence is within the Scottish Parliament's powers to the UK Supreme Court. CCC Associated Fellow Alan Page asks whether the Supreme Court will accept that reference and answer the question.