LLB(Hons), BA(Hons1)(Political Science), LLM (Melbourne), PhD (York University, Canada), Grad Dip(Psychology) (Monash), Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia
Law and Legal Studies

Professor BERNADETTE McSHERRY is Emeritus Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, having served as the Foundation Director, Melbourne Social Equity Institute from 2013 to July 2021. She has honours degrees in Arts and Law and a Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne, a PhD from York University, Canada and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University. In 2007, she was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship. She is currently the President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and has acted as a consultant to government on criminal law, sentencing and mental health law issues.

  • Appointed Adjunct Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts, Australian Research Council, July 2022
  • Appointed Emerits Professor of Law, University of Melbourne, July 2021
  • Appointed a Commissioner of the Victorian Royal Commission on Mental Health in February 2019-2021
  • Appointed a Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission in June 2018
  • Appointed as Foundation Director, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne 2013 - July 2021
  • Appointed an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University 2013 - 2018
  • Appointed an Adjunct Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne 2013- 2021
  • Appointed an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow 1 December 2007- 30 November 2012. This involved working on a five-year project entitled Rethinking Mental Health Laws: An Integrated Approach.
  • Appointed a continuing Professor of Law by Monash University, having been appointed to a three-year professorship in 2005. (2007)
  • Louis Waller Chair of Law and Associate Dean (Research), Monash University. (2005 - 2007)
  • Visiting Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada. (Fall Semester 2002)
  • Member of Teaching Staff, Faculty of Law, Monash University. (1991 - 2005)
  • Visiting Scholar, Program in Psychiatry, Ethics and Law, McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. (June 1995 - July 1996)
  • Legal Officer, Office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Victoria, Australia. My duties involved assisting in drafting parliamentary statutes and regulations. (1990)
  • Associate to Mr Justice Gobbo of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia. (1987 - 1990)
  • Practising Lawyer, Melbourne, Australia. (Coltmans, Solicitors) (1985 - 1987)
  • Part-time Tutor in Political Sociology in the Politics Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. (1983 - 1985)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Graham Little in the Politics Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. (Dec 1982 - Dec 1983)
  • Recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Special Commendation for Postgraduate Supervision. (2010)
  • Awarded a five-year Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship for a project entitled Rethinking Mental Health Law: An Ingtegrated Approach. (2007)
  • Recipient of one of the two Monash University Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Distinguished Teaching
  • Recipient, Vision Australia Foundation Tilly Aston Award for fifteen years service to Radio for the Print Handicapped. (1999)
  • Newman College Archbishop Mannix Travelling Scholarship. (Sept 1995 - Sept 1996)
  • Spero Wilson Memorial Scholarship for Civil Liberties. (1984)
  • Dwight Memorial Final Examination Prize in Science (placed first in Honours Year). (1982)


Bernadette McSherry (2014), Managing Fear: The Law and Ethics of Preventive Detention and Risk Assessment. New York: Routledge

Bernadette McSherry and Ian Freckelton (eds) (2013), Coercive Care: Rights, Law and Policy. Abingdon: Routledge

Bernadette McSherry and Patrick Keyzer (eds) (2011), Dangerous People: Policy, Prediction and Practice. New York: Routledge

Simon Bronitt and Bernadette McSherry (2010), Principles of Criminal Law, 3rd edition. Sydney: Thomson Reuters Lawbook Co

Bernadette McSherry and Penelope Weller (eds) (2010), Rethinking RIghts Based Mental Health Laws. Oxford: Hart Publishing

Bernadette McSherry and Patrick Keyzer (2009), Sex Offenders and Preventive Detention. Sydney: Federation Press

Annegret Kämpf, Bernadette McSherry, James Ogloff and Alan Rothchild (2009), Confidentiality for Mental Health Professionals: A Guide to Ethical and Legal Principles. Brisbane: Australian Academic Press

A list of book chapters and peer reviewed articles is available via http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person271242#tab-publications