Conor Gearty

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Conor A. Gearty is the Professor of Human Rights Law[1] at LSE Department of Law. From 2002-2009, he was Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights[2] at the London School of Economics. Gearty’s academic research focuses primarily on civil liberties, terrorism and human rights.

Conor Gearty was born in Ireland and graduated in law from University College Dublin before moving to Wolfson College, Cambridge in 1980 to study for a master's degree and then for a PhD. He became a fellow of Emmanuel College Cambridge in 1983 and in 1990 he moved to the school of law at King’s College London where he was first a senior lecturer, then a reader and finally (from 1995) a professor. Gearty is also a practising barrister with Matrix Chambers. He has also been a visiting professor at Boston University, the University of Richmond and the University of New South Wales. He has received honorary degrees from Brunel University and Roehampton University.


Originally from Abbeylara, County Longford, in Ireland he was educated at Castleknock College before going to University College Dublin as an undergraduate and Cambridge University as a post-graduate. He had significant debating success in University, twice winning the Irish Times debating competition and serving as Auditor of the University College Dublin Law Society.



  • (with Virginia Mantouvalou) Debating Social Rights (2010) Hart Publishing
  • Essays on Human Rights and Terrorism (2008) Cameron May
  • Civil Liberties (2007) Clarendon Publishing
  • Can Human Rights Survive? (2006) Hamlyn Lectures
  • Principles of Human Rights Adjudication (2004) Oxford University Press
  • (with Keith Ewing)The Struggle for Civil Liberties
  • (with Keith Ewing) Freedom under Thatcher: Civil Liberties in Modern Britain (1990) Oxford University Press

Newspaper Articles[edit]

  • "When it can be right to do wrong", The Tablet (11 October 2008)

Online Collaborative Publishing Project[edit]

  • In October 2010, Gearty started working on an online web-publishing project, called "The Rights' Future" (


  1. ^ LSE Law School staff page
  2. ^ Centre for the Study of Human Rights

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