• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 40 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
19992020

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Personal profile

Biography

Rory O'Connell joined the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) and School of Law in 2013 as Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law. He held the role of TJI Director from February 2014 to February 2020. In July 2017 he was appointed Research Director for Law.   

Rory's research and teaching interests are in the areas of Human Rights and Equality, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory. He has published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, European Law Journal, Legal Studies, European Human Rights Law Review and other journals. His books include Applying an International  Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations (Routledge), Human Rights and Public Finance (Hart), Legal Theory in the Crucible of Constitutional Justice (Ashgate).

His latest book Law, Democracy and the European Court of Human Rights (Cambridge) will be published in 2020.

He was a member of the project team on the ESRC project ‘Brexit and Northern Ireland: The Constitutional, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights and Equality Consequences’ #BrexitLawNI. He is also a member of the SAFEWATER project funded by the ESPRC and a member of the GCRF Research Hub on Gender, Justice and Security. 

Rory is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He currently teaches Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Dissertation Research Methods. In the past, he has taught Human Rights, Equality Law, Public Law & Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, EU Law, Torts, Jurisprudence.

Rory studied at Tarbert Comprehensive School 1983-1988  and then studied law at University College Dublin (UCD), thanks to a scholarship. During his degree, he spent a year as an ERASMUS student at the Université de Rouen. In 1992, he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law (European Legal Studies) degree (First Class, Joint First Place) and received a UCD Open Postgraduate scholarship. He proceeded to write an LL.M. by thesis on The Irish Courts and Equality Before the Law, graduating in 1994, with First Class honours. He moved to the European University Institute (EUI), Florence to undertake a PhD on the theory of constitutional interpretation and graduated from the EUI in 1997, with Distinction. Rory's first lecturing post was in Comparative Law at Lancaster University Law School. From 2001 to 2013 he was a member of the Human Rights Centre, School of Law at Queen's University of Belfast.

Rory is on the Executive of the Committee on the Administration of Justice and is the former editor of the RightsNI Blog.  He has been actively involved in promoting international mobility in education: he served as one of the members of the UK team of Bologna Experts and was Director of the European Union Funded Intensive Programme (IP) on ‘The Borders of Europe’ 2009-2011.

Rory tweets @rjjoconnell and has a website at https://conlawfiles.org/.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole

1 Sep 199331 Dec 1997

Master, University College Dublin

1 Sep 19921 Sep 1993

Bachelor, University College Dublin

1 Sep 198830 Jun 1992

External positions

External Examiner, Sussex University

1 Sep 20191 Sep 2022

External Examiner, University College Dublin

1 Sep 20191 Sep 2022

Treasurer, Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ)

1 Sep 2017 → …

External Examiner, University of Nottingham

1 Sep 20141 Sep 2017

External Examiner, University of Strathclyde

1 Sep 20131 Sep 2017

External Examiner, Lancaster University

1 Sep 20121 Sep 2016

External Examiner, University College Cork

1 Sep 20121 Sep 2016

External Examiner, National University of Ireland, Galway

1 Sep 20091 Sep 2012

Keywords

  • K Law (General)
  • Equality
  • Discrimination
  • Human Rights
  • Transitional Justice
  • Transformative Justice
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law

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Research Output

Cinderella Comes to the Ball: Article 14 and the Right to Non-Discrimination in the ECHR

O'Connell, R., 9 Apr 2009, In : Legal Studies. 2009, p. 211-229

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    Applying an International Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations: Rights and Resources

    O'Connell, R., Nolan, A., Harvey, C., Dutschke, M. & Rooney, E., 13 Jan 2014, 1st Edition ed. London and New York: Routledge. 240 p. (Routledge Research in Human Rights Law)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 11 Citations (Scopus)

    Law’s Majestic Equality? Article 14, the First Protocol and Political Equality

    O'Connell, R., 6 Feb 2018, The European convention on human rights and the principle of non-discrimination. Balboni, M. (ed.). Editoriale Scientifica, p. 139-169

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Human Rights and Public Finance

    Nolan, A. (ed.), O'Connell, R. (ed.) & Harvey, C. (ed.), 21 Oct 2013, Hart Publishing. 256 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • Activities

    Arts and Humanities Research Council training for members of the Peer Review College

    Rory O'Connell (Participant)
    31 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    What's the Craic?

    Rory O'Connell (Participant), William Rolston (Participant)
    19 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Scholars at Risk

    Rory O'Connell (Participant)
    3 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Cybersecurity – Research ethics and the practicalities of technology

    Rory O'Connell (Participant), Mark Potkewitz (Participant)
    2 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    SRN Summer Seminar Series

    Rory O'Connell (Participant), Selbi Durdiyeva (Participant), Nisan Alici (Participant)
    20 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Press / Media

    Brexit and Northern Ireland

    Rory O'Connell

    16/01/20

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Interview with France 24 on political context of Northern Ireland

    Rory O'Connell

    7/05/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Thesis

    Egyptian exile in England: a study in the mechanisms of contentious politics

    Author: McKeever, D., Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Ketola, M. (Supervisor), O'Connell, R. (Supervisor) & Braniff, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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    Operationalising transformative justice in transitional societies: Applying the structural violence reduction matrix in Colombia

    Author: McGill, D., Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Collins, C. (Supervisor), O'Connell, R. (Supervisor), Lasslett, K. (Supervisor), Collins, C. (Supervisor), O'Connell, R. (Supervisor) & Lasslett, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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