Honoré was born in London but was brought up in South Africa. He served in the army during the Second World War and was severely wounded in the Battle of Alamein. After the war he continued his studies at New College, Oxford, and he has lived and taught in Oxford for the last fifty-five years, including periods as a Fellow of The Queen's College and then of New College. Between 1971 and 1988 he was Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; though retired from his Chair, he teaches seminars in Jurisprudence for the BCL jointly with John Gardner.
Honoré was a close associate of H. L. A. Hart. They jointly wrote Causation in the Law (Oxford, 1st ed. 1959, 2nd 1985) in 1953-8 and Honoré had some influence on Hart's The Concept of Law (Oxford, 1st ed. 1961, 2nd 1994). A number of his philosophical papers are collected in Making Law Bind (Oxford, 1987) and Responsibility and Fault (Oxford, 1999) and his contributions to legal philosophy, which range widely, include sixteen books and more than a hundred articles published over the last six decades.
Honoré is an honorary Q.C. and Bencher of Lincoln's Inn, a member of the British and Bavarian Academies and of the International Academy of Comparative Law. In South Africa, where he made a contribution to the setting up of the new Constitutional Court in 1995, his standing has been recognised by the award of honorary degrees from the Universities of South Africa, Stellenbosch and Cape Town. He has delivered the Hamlyn lectures, the Blackstone and H. L. A. Hart lectures, the J. H. Gray lectures at Cambridge and the Maccabaean lecture in Jurisprudence at the British Academy. Three Festschriften have been published in his honour.
- Neil MacCormick and Peter Birks (eds., 1985) The Legal Mind: Essays for Tony Honoré;
- Peter Cane and John Gardner (eds., 2001) Relating to Responsibility: Essays in Honor of Tony Honoré on his 80th Birthday.
- Daniel Visser and Max Loubser (eds., 2011) Thinking about Law: Essays for Tony Honore;
List of publications
- Causation in the Law (Oxford, 1st ed. 1959, 2nd 1985)
- Making Law Bind (Oxford, 1987)
- Responsibility and Fault (Oxford, 1999)
- "Responsibility and luck: the moral basis of strict liability" (1988) 104 Law Quarterly Review 530
- Jahrbuch der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (in German). Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. 1987. p. 49. ISBN 9783769679762.
- John Gardner Tony Honoré as Teacher and Mentor: A Personal Memoir; read April 1st, 2014.
- Profile of Tony Honré All Souls College website, Oxford; read April 1st, 2014.
- Profile of Tony Honoré University of Oxford website, read April 1st, 2014.
- Daniel Visser and Max Loubser (2011) Thinking about Law: Essays for Tony Honore; Siber Ink, Westlake (Südafrika). read April 1st, 2014.
- Neil MacCormick and Peter Birks (Eds., 1985) The Legal Mind: Essays for Tony Honoré; Claredons Press, Oxford. ISBN 978-0198761969 0.
- Peter Cane and John Gardner (Eds., 2001) Relating to Responsibility: Essays in Honor of Tony Honoré on his 80th Birthday; Oxford: Hart Publishing Co., ISBN 1-84113-210-1
- Tony Honoré's web site. Includes several online papers and brief biographical details.