Dr Nicola McEwen told the
Referendum Bill Committee
she was fairly confident the Section 30 Order, enabling the Scottish Parliament to hold an independence referendum, would "put the issue beyond legal doubt".
Dr McEwen from the School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh University was joined by her colleague Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, a lecturer on in public law to give evidence on the Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013 [draft] on 15 November 2012.
Navraj Singh Ghaleigh said the order made it "extremely unlikely" any legal challenge would succeed.
Dr McEwen went on to say that she did not "envy the task" facing the Electoral Commission in having to judge the referendum question without any substantive proposal defining independence.
She said it would be difficult to judge the intelligibility of the question when there was no clarity to the substance of the question, adding a preamble detailing what independence would look like could be a solution.