Curriculum Vitae

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Conor Gearty

  • Honorary doctorates from Roehampton University, Brunel University, Sacred Heart University and University College Dublin
  • PhD (Law), University of Cambridge 1986
  • Barrister, Middle Temple 1985
  • LLB (Law), Cambridge University 1981
  • Solicitor, in the Republic of Ireland 1980
  • BCL (law), University College Dublin 1978

Employment Experience

  • Professor of Human Rights Law, London School of Economics and Political Science 2002 – present
  • Director, Institute of Public Affairs, LSE 2013-2016
  • Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE 2002 – 2009
  • Professor of Law/Professor of Human Rights Law, King’s College London 1996-2002
  • Reader in Law, King’s College London 1993-1996
  • Senior Lecturer in Law, King’s College, London 1990-1993
  • University Assistant/Lecturer in Law, University of Cambridge 1986-1990
  • Fellow in Law, Emmanuel College, Cambridge 1983-1990


  • ESRC research: Academic Impact Acceleration Award LSE, 2014-2019
  • ESRC research: Higher Education innovation Fund 2013-2014
  • ESRC research: The state of British public opinion on civil liberties, Centre for the Study of Human Rights and City University 2007
  • ESRC research: The role of civil society in a national security state, Centre for the Study of Human Rights 2005-2007

Public Policy

  • Written submission to the Committee on a Bill of Rights for the UK, Parliament 2011
  • Oral submissions to Armstrong Committee on Extended Detention, Parliament 2010
  • Written submission on a bill of rights for the United Kingdom, Joint Committee on Human Rights 2008
  • Special Adviser, Select Committee on Home Affairs 2005
  • Oral submissions to the Newton Committee on Terrorism law, Parliament 2002
  • Oral submission to Home Affairs Select Committee, Parliament 2001


  • Executive LLM Human Rights Law and Terrorism, LSE 2013-present
  • Certificate on International Human Rights Law and Practice, Centre for the Study of Human Rights 2004 – 2011
  • Human Rights, LSE Summer School 2004 – 2009
  • Terrorism Law, LSE 2002-present
  • Human Rights, LSE 2002 – present
  • Public Law, LSE 2002 – present


  • Barrister, Matrix Chambers 2000 – present
  • Barrister, Essex Court Chambers 1995-2000


  • Honorary Bencher, Honorable Society of the King’s Inn (Dublin), 2016
  • Honorary Member, Royal Irish Academy, 2016
  • Bencher, Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, 2012
  • Fellow, British Academy, 2010