Professor Bernadette McSherry

  • Professor Bernadette McSherry

    Honorary Adjunct Professor


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. 

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 was a Legal Member of the Psychosurgery Review Board of Victoria from 2005 to 2010.  In 2018, she was appointed a Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

Professor McSherry is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, a member of the editorial committee of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and is the co-editor of the Legal Issues Column for the Journal of Law and Medicine.

She is the Immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, having served as President from November 2015 to November 2018.