Cherie Blair CBE, QC is the Founder and Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP, a pioneering international law firm that provides strategic counsel to governments, corporate and private clients. She is a Queen’s Counsel and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
With over 35 years’ experience as a leading barrister specialising in public international law, human rights, arbitration and mediation, Mrs Blair has represented over 30 governments as well as numerous multinational corporations in international disputes.
Through Omnia Strategy, she advises corporates on issues relating to their Global Corporate Citizenship with a particular focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights in Business.
She is also the Founder and Patron of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, a charity that provides programmes for women entrepreneurs in developing and transition countries.
She studied law at the London School of Economics (LSE) and was appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 1995. In 2000, shortly before the implementation of the Human Rights Act, she was one of the founders of Matrix Chambers. She is also an accredited Advanced Mediator under the ADR Chambers/Harvard Law Project and an Elite Mediator with Clerksroom.
She has appeared in the European Court of Justice and in multiple Commonwealth jurisdictions and also lectures internationally. She is the Chancellor Emeritus and Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University; Governor Emeritus and Honorary Fellow of the LSE and the Open University (D.Univ.Open 1999); LLD (Hons), University of Liverpool (2003); Hon.D.Lit UMIST (2003); Doctor of Laws (Westminster University).
She sits as an Honorary Chair of the World Justice Project and is patron and President of the Africa Justice Foundation. In 2007, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill medal in recognition of her high ideals and courageous actions.
In 2013, she was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours for her services to women’s issues and charity.