Conor is a founder member of Matrix and was among the set’s first academic members. His practice as a barrister is primarily in human rights law and in public law, together with work in the field of corporate social responsibility. Conor has appeared in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords, and has also been a frequent adviser to judges, practitioners and public authorities on the implications of the Human Rights Act, and on rights litigation generally. As a consultant for BP, he conducted a major study into the human rights aspects of their development of Iraq’s Rumaila oilfield.
Apart from his work at the Bar, Conor is Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics (LSE) where he has been Director of its Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Institute of Public Affairs. He was named as one of The Observer’s Top 300 Intellectuals in 2011, and one of The Time’s 100 most influential lawyers in 2012. He is a Fellow of the British Academy where he is now Vice-President for Social Sciences, a Bencher of Middle Temple and of the King’s Inn, and has Honorary Degrees from Brunel and Roehampton universities, University College Dublin in Ireland and Sacred Heart University in the United States. In 2021 he was appointed an honorary QC in recognition of his work in his various fields. Conor is also an experienced and effective public speaker and debate chair. He has been involved in events related to a number of international organisations and companies. In late June 2016, he published his latest book on human rights law, On Fantasy Island, Britain, Europe and Human Rights (Oxford University Press). An analysis of the role of judges in the use of torture by the UK state was published in the Modern Law Review in early 2021.
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