Conor Gearty

Conor Gearty is Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics. He is a founder member of Matrix Chambers and has a practice that specialises in judicial review and human rights law.

Photo: London School of Economics

Photo: London School of Economics

Conor Gearty is a founder member of Matrix Chambers which started in 2000. He has a practice which specialises in judicial review and which includes human rights law within its main fields. Conor has appeared in cases in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords and has been involved in applications to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Conor teaches graduate and undergraduate classes at LSE in his various specialisms: human rights; civil liberties; terrorism and human rights law. He has been heavily involved in trying to influence public discussion of his various academic specialisms and has quite a large journalistic output, writing a regular column for The Tablet and also for literary and political journals like The London Review of Books, Prospect and Renewal.

Conor studied law at University College Dublin. He then went to Cambridge University (Wolfson College) where he took a Masters Degree in Law and after that a PhD, in environmental law. By then he had become a Fellow in Law at Emmanuel College and stayed in that job for seven years, before moving to King’s College London in the early 1990s.

Conor moved to LSE in 2002, to a post in the law department but also to become the first Rausing Director of LSE’s new Centre for the Study of Human Rights centre for the study of human rights.