PROF Bernadette McSherry

PROF Bernadette McSherry


  • Academic, Law
  • (criminal laws)
  • (mental health laws)



  • Professor Bernadette McSherry is the Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne. She is an internationally recognised legal academic in the fields of criminal law and mental health law and became an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in December 2007. After working as a solicitor at Coltmans and as an Associate for the then Justice James Gobbo at the Supreme Court of Victoria, Professor McSherry commenced her academic career in the Monash Law School in 1991. She was appointed in 2005 to the position of Louis Waller Chair of Law and Associate Dean (Research). She became the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Law and Mental Health in June 2011 and in that year she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. 

    During her time at Monash University, Professor McSherry was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and a Vice Chancellor’s Special Commendation for Postgraduate Supervision. She has been the recipient of six Australian Research Council grants, two Criminology Research Council grants and numerous consultancies. She has supervised fourteen doctoral students and fifteen Masters and Honours students to completion.

    Professor McSherry has been a member of the Victorian government’s Criminal Law Justice Statement Advisory Group, the Expert Advisory Panel, Victorian Government Courts and Programs Development Unit and the Consultative Committee for the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Review of Guardianship Legislation. She has also co-authored Issues Papers for the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council and the Law Reform Commission of Victoria. From 2001 to 2018, she served as a Legal Member of the Mental Health Review Board of Victoria and wa   


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Education and training

  • Grad Dip Psych, Monash University 2000
  • PhD, York University 1996
  • LLM, University of Melbourne 1990
  • LLB(HONS), University of Melbourne 1984
  • BA(Hons), University of Melbourne 1984

Awards and honors

  • Inaugural Kayes Fletcher Walker Visiting Scholar Award at Auckland University of Technology, 2017
  • The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Award for Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services, 2016
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2011
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, 2007
  • Fellow of the Australian Research Council, 2007



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available for supervision of research in criminal law and mental health law releated areas.