Professor Gerry Maher studied law at Glasgow and Oxford. He has held academic posts at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, where he was a professor from 1992 until 2000. He currently holds a Chair as Professor of Criminal Law at Edinburgh University.
He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987 and was a practising advocate from 1989 to 1994. He was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2003.
From 2000 to 2009 he was a full-time Scottish Law Commissioner. The law reform projects which he directed at the Commission included execution of judgments, mental disorder defences, and the law of sexual offences. His research interests include criminal law, private international law, and enforcement of civil judgments.