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Lord Alex Carlile

Honorary Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences - Faculty

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Lord Alexander Carlile joined Swansea University as an Honorary Professor of Law in 2018. He was educated at Epsom College, King’s College London and Gray’s Inn and holds the degrees of LL.B, FKC, and Honorary Degrees of LL.D from universities in both the UK and Hungary. 

Lord Carlile is an expert in Administrative Law, the Law and Practice of Parliament, Criminal Law including financial crime and all areas of Public Policy. He has particular experience in areas such as Criminal Defence, Corporate Crime, Financial Misconduct, Professional Discipline, Extradition, Regulatory and Interpol Red Notices.

During his career, Lord Carlile has held numerous judicial roles, including Recorder, Deputy High Court Judge, and Chair of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He was the President of The Security Institute. He is a Fellow of King’s College London, and a Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust. He is the Chairman of the Lloyd’s of London Enforcement Board and a founder director of the political risks consultancy SC Strategy Ltd.

He is Chairman of the national substance abuse and mental health charity Addaction; and of the UK branch of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.

Lord Carlile was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1970 and subsequently became a Queen’s Counsel in 1984.

From 2001 to 2011, he acted as the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and was awarded the CBE for services to national security.

He has appeared in many high profile cases including the successful defence of the late Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell and the largest fraud connected with the London Metal Exchange. 

Lord Carlile has written numerous reports on counter terrorism issues. He has conducted three major reviews connected with child safeguarding also authored a comprehensive review of the safety of children in the NHS in Wales titled ‘Too Serious a Thing.’

Possessing a long list of accolades, Lord Carlile writes frequently for the print media, and is a frequent broadcaster on the law and national security. He is also a former Freedom of Information Commissioner.