Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC FKC is giving a public lecture at the University entitled “Life after Death: the 50th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty and the Law's dignity of man in the 21st century.”
Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC was called to the English Bar in July 1952 by the Middle Temple, of which he has been a Bencher since 1978. He took a law degree at King’s College, London in 1952 and a Doctor Juris at the Municipal University of Amsterdam in 1954. He became Queen’s Counsel in 1970, practising until 1985 when he became, successively, sidetracked by a series of public inquiries.
From 1992-2000 he was the Independent Commissioner for the Holding Centres in Northern Ireland, as well as rounding off his career in 2004 as counsel for the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. In retirement he continues to write about contemporary legal issues.
He was a founder member in 1961 of Amnesty International, and is an active supporter of JUSTICE.
Power of Persuasion: essays from a very public lawyer by Sir Louis, will be published in early December 2014 by Hart Publishing.