School of Law alumnus and Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC has been honoured at a special ceremony during this year's graduation celebrations where he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.
The award of an honorary degree provides an occasion for the University to come together to recognise individuals who have made major contributions to their fields.
Keir, Director of Public Prosecutions in England and Wales, graduated from the School of Law in 1985 and gave the keynote address at the formal opening of the school’s new home, the Liberty Building, in October 2011.
During his 20-year career, Keir has earned a reputation as one of the country's most gifted lawyers, and an expert in the field of human rights. Appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002, he was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year in 2001 and QC of the Year in Human Rights and Public Law in 2007.
He is the author of several leading legal textbooks and is a Visiting Fellow at Essex University.
From 2003-2008, he was the Human Rights Advisor to the Policing Board in Northern Ireland, publishing several reports.
He was Joint Head of Doughty Street Chambers before taking up the role of Director of Public Prosecutions in November 2008. As DPP, Keir is responsible for prosecutions, legal issues and criminal justice policy.