Alex Carlile became a QC in 1984, at the age of 36.
He is a Fellow of King’s College London and holds honorary doctorates of laws from universities in the UK and Hungary. He is an Honorary Professor of Law at Swansea University, and of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University.
Between 2001 and 2011, he was the UK Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. From 2010 to 2011 he was Independent Reviewer of the Government’s new PREVENT policy; and from 2019 to 2020 he was Independent Reviewer of PREVENT.
From 1983 to 1997, Alex was the Liberal/Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire. He was the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats from 1992 to 1997.
He was appointed a Life Peer in 1999 and was awarded the CBE in 2012 for services to national security.
He is now a Crossbench member of the House of Lords.
He takes a particular interest in legal issues especially related to terrorism; in the development and integrity of criminal law; and in foreign policy with especial interest in the Gulf and Middle East.
He is a founding Director of SC Strategy Ltd, a policy and strategy consultancy. The company advises governments, corporate entities, and individuals on many challenging issues.