Judge Sir Howard Morrison was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Grays Inn in 1977 after graduating in law and working, latterly in development in west and then east and central Africa. He practised in criminal, civil and family law until 1986 when be was appointed a Resident Magistrate in Fiji being promoted to Chief Magistrate at the time of the 1988 military coups. He was called to the Fijian Bar and then, during service as an ad hoc Attorney General in the Caribbean in 1989, the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. In 1989 he was appointed OBE for services to the Fijian judiciary during the military coups.
Returning to the UK he practised for many years on the Oxford and Midland Circuit in criminal law both defending and prosecuting and being briefed in Courts Martial in the UK and Germany. He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown and County Courts with authority to sit in criminal, civil and family law jurisdictions. In later years he defended at both the ICTY in The Hague and the ICTR in Arusha.
He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2001 and a Circuit judge in 2004. He teaches international criminal and human rights law and has done so world-wide, also attending, and contributing to, many conferences and seminars. In 2007 he was appointed CBE for services to international law. In 2015 he was appointed KCMG for services to rule of law. In 2008 he was elected as a Master of the Bench of Grays Inn and a Senior Judge of the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus. In 2009 he was appointed as a Judge of the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon but was transferred to the ICTY the same year following the resignation of the then UK judge. In December 2011 he was elected to the ICC. He is an active teacher/trainer for the Grays Inn advocacy training scheme and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an enthusiastic sailor and licensed pilot.