Professor Conor Gearty

  • Professor of Human Rights Law
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, UK
  • 16/02/2022
Advisor, Project lead Law Public Policy and Regulation

Personal Summary

Conor Gearty is professor of human rights law at the Department of Law (LSE), and also a practicing barrister at Matrix Chambers which he helped found in 2000. He is a Bencher of both Middle Temple and the King’s Inn, and is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In 2021 he was appointed an Honorary Queen's Counsel.

He has honorary doctorates from universities in the US, the UK and Ireland. Conor has written many books on civil liberties, human rights and terrorism, the latest of which On Fantasy Island. Britain, Strasbourg and Human Rights was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Recent articles of his have focused on issues related to democracy and human rights. He has been a frequent contributor to the Guardian and the  London Review of Books over the years and is also a regular broadcaster, having hosted his own programmes on Radios 3 and 4.

Expertise: human rights; terrorism; civil liberties


Department of Law