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In memoriam: Professor Gerry Maher KC

Mon 30 January 2023

In memoriam: Professor Gerry Maher KC (1953- 2023)

It is with great sadness that Edinburgh Law School announces the passing of our friend and colleague, Professor Gerry Maher KC (1953 - 2023).

Professor Gerry Maher KC has served as Professor of Criminal Law At Edinburgh Law School since 2000. He studied law at Glasgow University until 1974 and obtained a B.Litt. at Oxford University in 1976. His first academic post was in the Department of Scots Law at Edinburgh University from 1976 to 1979. He was then lecturer and later senior lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence at Glasgow University from 1980 to 1992. From 1992 to 2000, he held a chair as Professor of Law at Strathclyde. 

Professor Maher was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987 and was a practising Advocate from 1989 to 1992. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2003. He was a full-time Commissioner at the Scottish Law Commission from 2000 to September 2008, where he was the lead Commissioner on many important law reform projects, including those on diligence, age of criminal responsibility, insanity and diminished responsibility, and rape and other sexual offences. 

Professor Maher passed away on 28 January 2023 surrounded by his family. He will be deeply missed by the Edinburgh Law School community and our sincere condolences are with his family.

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