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Professor Imelda Maher


Imelda Maher

Sutherland Full Professor In European Law, Head Of School
UCD Sutherland School of Law
01 716 4135
University College Dublin, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Sutherland School of Law Belfield Dublin 4


Imelda Maher is the Dean of Law and the inaugural Sutherland Full Professor of European Law. She is interested in the relationship between law and governance. She has published extensively in competition law and also on EU governance and presents her work regularly at international conferences and workshops. She was general editor of Legal Studies (2012-2017) and is a former member of the editorial board of the European Law Journal. She is a member of the editorial board of The Irish Yearbook of International Law. Professor Maher is a graduate of UCD (BCL), holds an LLM from Temple University and a Barrister-at-Law degree from the Kings Inns. She was elected as a member of the UCD Governing Authority from 2013-2019 and is a member of the National University of Ireland Senate. Elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2011, she was Secretary for Polite Literature and Antiquities for the Humanities and Social Sciences from 2014-2018. She served on the Board of the Irish Humanities Alliance from 2015-2018 and is a founding member of the European Law Institute (Vienna). She was the first Irish woman to become President of the Society of Legal Scholars of the UK and Ireland (2016-2017), the largest scholarly society of common lawyers in Europe and hosted the SLS Annual Conference in September 2017 at the Sutherland School. She was Academic Director for the UCD Sutherland School of Law building project which opened in 2013. Professor Maher became an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple London in February 2019 and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Centre for European Legal Studies. Before returning to Ireland in 2006, she worked at the London School of Economics; the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (where she was Director of the Centre for Competition and Consumer Policy); Birkbeck College, University of London; and Warwick University. She also has held Fellowships, visiting or adjunct appointments at The Europe Centre, Australian National University; The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London; Lund University, Sweden; Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, Notre Dame Law School (London); Peking University School of Transnational Law; and Sydney University School of Law. In 2008 she gave the prestigious general course lectures on economic law and governance at the Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence. Professor Maher is interested in supervising PhD students who want to research in the field of EU law , EU Law and Governance and on Competition Law. She has supervised theses on 'Collective Actions and the Private Enforcement of Competition Law'; 'The Criminalisation of Cartels: The Case of Nigeria; 'The Limits of Extraterritoriality in Competition Law'; 'Soft Law and the European Courts: The case of Competition Law'; 'The Role of the Competition Law and Policy of the EU in the Formation of International Agreements on Competition'. She has supervised MPhil theses on 'Reviewing the European Arrest Warrant: Judicial Experience and Experimentalist Governance' and 'Intellectual Property Rights Misuse and Competition Law in China'.


  • BCL
    University College Dublin
  • LLM
    Temple University PA USA
  • Barrister-at-Law
    Hon Society of Kings Inns IRL


  • Fellow
    Higher Education Authority, UK