Keir Starmer, former Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service, has today (Thursday 19 December) been awarded an Honorary Degree by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
LSE Professor Conor Gearty, director of the Institute of Public Affairs at LSE, read the oration for Keir Starmer at the ceremony, which was held in London's Peacock Theatre. He said: "Throughout his career, Keir Starmer has been a leader amongst academics and practitioners in human rights law. He has transformed the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and made an outstanding contribution to criminal justice policy in the UK, bringing a new culture of openness and public accountability to prosecutorial discretion.”
An Honorary Doctorate is the highest award an individual can receive from LSE and is conferred on individuals who have made ‘an outstanding contribution to the increased understanding, or appreciation of "the causes of things" and their practical application in the social sciences or related fields.’
Keir Starmer served as Britain’s top prosecutor from 2008 to 2013. He was called to the Bar in 1987, has practised from Doughty Street Chambers since its inception in 1990 and became Head of Chambers in 2007. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and was human rights advisor to the Policing Board in Northern Ireland from 2003-08.
In 2005, he won the Bar Council’s Sydney Elland Goldsmith Award for his outstanding contribution to pro bono work in challenging the death penalty throughout the Caribbean and also in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi. He was also named as QC of the Year in the field of human rights and public law in 2007 by the Chambers & Partners directory.
As DPP, Keir Starmer introduced Core Quality Standards within the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and a robust quality assurance framework to ensure that all prosecutors provide a high quality of service to the public. He also led on publishing important guidance for prosecutors, including guidance on assisted suicide, assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media, joint enterprise and social media, and has recently issued interim guidelines for child sex abuse cases.
Keir Starmer was presented with his Honorary Doctorate at an LSE graduation ceremony which also marked the graduation of students from the Department of Law and the Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group.
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19 December 2013