Lawrence Collins, LLD, FBA, MA, LLM
The Rt Hon Lord Collins of Mapesbury LLD, FBA (Lawrence Collins), a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and formerly a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, was a partner in the law firm Herbert Smith, from 1971 to 2000, specialising in international law, and was one of the first two solicitors to be appointed Queen's Counsel (1997), the first solicitor to be directly appointed from practice to the High Court bench, as Mr Justice Lawrence Collins (2000), and the first former solicitor to be appointed to the Court of Appeal, as Lord Justice Lawrence Collins (2007). In 2009 he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and became a Justice of the Supreme Court on its inauguration in October 2009. He studied at Downing College, Cambridge, graduating with a starred first in Law and received an LLM. from Columbia Law School in New York. He is also an honorary and emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. He has been the general editor of Dicey & Morris on the Conflict of Laws since its 11th edition in 1987, now in its 14th edition, 2006, as Dicey, Morris and Collins, the standard work in its field, and is the author of many books and articles on private international law. He was elected a member of the Institut de droit international in 1989 and Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. He has been a visiting professor at Queen Mary since 1982.