Tribute to Professor Gerry Maher KC

Strathclyde Law School is saddened by the news that former colleague, Professor Gerry Maher KC, has died. 

A Professor in the Law School between 1992 and 2000, Gerry taught criminal law, commercial law, private international law, legal process and evidence. He left Strathclyde to become a Commissioner with the Scottish Law Commission, before returning to Edinburgh as Professor in Criminal Law. 

Gerry was a brilliant academic, one of the last of the old-school law academics who were experts across a range of legal areas. His legal writing spanned legal theory, criminal justice and private international law and he was also an enthusiastic lecturer. He mentored junior colleagues before mentoring became a thing and in a slightly more relaxed academic environment in that era he was a sociable colleague and great company, particularly at weekly Law School Friday afternoon drinks. Gerry liked to travel for academic conferences and international research projects and was a regular visitor to Amsterdam in particular. He was also known to take junior colleagues to lunch at the Brother Walfrid restaurant at his beloved Celtic FC. 

Gerry was a great colleague at Strathclyde and formed many lifelong friendships during his period with us when the Law School was based in the old Stenhouse Building on Cathedral Street. He is still remembered fondly and will be missed by many colleagues. 

The University of Edinburgh has published an “In Memoriam” page on its website.