The University of Limerick operates under the aegis of the Universities Act, 1997. Overall authority for the affairs of the University is vested by the State in the Governing Authority of the University of Limerick. The Governing Authority, a 35-member body, is appointed in accordance with the Universities Act.
The current Governing Authority's term of office is from 1 December 2012 to 30 November 2017. The Authority is chaired by Mr Justice John L Murray.
The Authority meets on average, once per month excluding July and August.
The functions carried out by the Governing Authority include:
The Governing Authority has eight Sub-Committees, each of which report to the Authority on a regular basis.