Dr Erin Ferguson

Dr Erin Ferguson
Dr Erin Ferguson
Dr Erin Ferguson



Accepting PhDs

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School of Law


Dr Erin Ferguson joined the School of Law in October 2021 and specialises in public law and human rights. Her current research examines the impact of privatisation on access to environmental information. She is broadly interested in how privatisation and outsourcing in public services affect fundamental rights, including the rights to information and to public participation. 

Erin holds a PhD in Law and an LLM (Distinction) in International Law and Sustainable Development, both from the University of Strathclyde. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and History from Smith College in the United States.

Prior to entering academia, Erin qualified as a librarian and practised for ten years in a variety of sectors, including secondary and higher education, local government, and central government. This work continues to inform Erin's research on transparency and access to information, as well her student-centred teaching philosophy.


  • PhD Law 
    2020 - University of Strathclyde 
  • LLM International Law and Sustainable Development 
    2013 - University of Strathclyde 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Senior Personal Tutor, School of Law

Programme Coordinator, LLB Law with English Law (LWEL)

Associate Director, Centre for Constitutional and Public International Law

Anti-SLAPP Research Hub


Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law (CISRUL)

Scientific Committee, HETL Conference 2023


External Memberships

External Examiner, University of Abertay

Guest Lecturer, University of Buckingham

Advisory Council, Open Rights Group

Editorial Board, Exploring Sustainability and the Effectiveness of Its Legal Contours

Fellow, Advance HE

Latest Publications

  • Freedom of Information in Scotland: A Tale of Two Consultations

    Ferguson, E.
    Edinburgh Law Review
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Briefing Note: Workshop on Developing a Model Anti-SLAPP Law for Scotland

    Ferguson, E., Barber, A., Crilly, C., Farrington, F., Borg Barthet, J.
    Anti-SLAPP Research Hub: University of Aberdeen: School of Law (Text). 9 pages.
    Other Contributions: Other Contributions
  • An Anti-SLAPP Curriculum for Lawyers in the European Union

    Borg Barthet, J., Ferguson, E.
    PATFox (Electronic). 51 pages.
    Other Contributions: Other Contributions
  • SDG13: Climate Change Litigation and Indigenous Rights

    Ferguson, E.
    Indigenous Rights and Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Sargent, S. (ed.). Trivent Publishing, 32 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • A Typology of Transparency: Freedom of Information in the United Kingdom

    Ferguson, E.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

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Prizes and Awards

Campbell Burns PhD Scholarship, University of Strathclyde


Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Public Law

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


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Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals

Non-textual Forms

Other Contributions