Austen Morgan, who lives and works in London, is a writer turned lawyer; he also enjoys swimming, trekking, cycling and diving, and, in any surviving spare time, music, art, reading, entertaining and socializing.
He is the author of biographies of Ramsay MacDonald and Harold Wilson, two UK labour prime ministers, and, in Irish history, books on divided Ireland, early twentieth-century Belfast and James Connolly, the 1916 leader.
In the 1990s, Austen Morgan became a barrister in London, and later in Belfast: a barrister is an advocate (some of whom dress up in wigs and gowns).
He practises commercial, public and family law from common-law chambers: 33 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4JH: www.33bedfordrow.co.uk.
He has a special interest in international law, public and private, including European and human rights law.
Austen Morgan’s professional website is at: www.austenmorgan.com. He has made available his legal writing on this website, including annotations of statute law from 1999 to 2011.
He is the author of the following legal books:
- The Belfast Agreement: a practical legal analysis, London 2000, 601 pp. (now freely available on the website);
- The Hand of History?: legal essays on the Belfast agreement, London 2011, 420 pp (an internet book on the website); and
- Tony Blair and the IRA, which draws on his past historical interest and his current legal commitment.