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Learn more about our experts and their work providing analysis and thought leadership on constitutional and political matters in relation to Brexit

Analysis & Thought Leadership

  • Rory O'Connell -

    Professor Rory O'Connell

    Research Director - Law

    Rory is the Director of Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Human Rights and Equality, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory.

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    Professor Rory O'Connell

    Research Director - Law Close

    Rory is the Director of Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Human Rights and Equality, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory.

    He is applying his expertise on these issues in relation to Brexit, in particular the constitutional implications of the UK’s departure from the European Union, its impact on anti-discrimination law and on human rights protections.

    Rory is a participant in the sectoral all-island civic forum on Brexit, looking at the impact on the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement and human rights.

    You can read Rory’s thoughts from January 2017 on the need for devolved political strategies following the Supreme Court judgment on the triggering of Article 50 in our ‘contributions' section.

    To discuss Brexit in the context of the constitution, human rights and anti-discrimination law or to explore how we might work with you in these areas, please email Rory on:

    r.oconnell@ulster.ac.uk or call 028 9036 6693.

    You can also follow Rory on Twitter @rjjoconnel

  • Anne Smith -

    Dr Anne Smith

    Senior Lecturer

    Anne is a lecturer and researcher at Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute and School of Law.  Her research interests are human rights, peace, conflict and transition, with a strong focus on transitional constitutionalism.

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    Anne Smith

    Senior Lecturer Close

    Anne is a lecturer and researcher at Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute and School of Law.  Her research interests are human rights, peace, conflict and transition, with a strong focus on transitional constitutionalism.

    She is exploring the impact and implications of Brexit in these areas, particularly in relation to the Human Rights Act and a potential Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. She has been invited to speak on these topics at events including the All-Island Civic Dialogue Sectoral consultation on Human Rights: Post-Brexit approaches for all-island Human Rights frameworks, and seminars organised by University College Dublin and Edinburgh School of Law.

    Papers developed by Anne and her colleagues, including a recent submission focusing on the legal implications (with specific focus on human rights and equality) of Brexit for the devolved regions to a House of Lords inquiry, can be viewed in the ‘contributions’ section of this website.

    To discuss Brexit in the context of the constitution, human rights and devolution, or to explore how we might work with you in these areas, please email Anne on a.smith1@ulster.ac.uk or call 028 7167 5154.

  • Gordon Marnoch -

    Dr Gordon Marnoch

    Reader in Public Policy

    Gordon is a Reader in Public Policy at Ulster University, within the Institute for Research in Social Sciences. His work spans a range of areas including health policy, the governance and management of policing and the performance and evaluation of public services.

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    Gordon Marnoch

    Reader in Public Policy Close

    Gordon is a Reader in Public Policy at Ulster University, within the Institute for Research in Social Sciences. His work spans a range of areas including health policy, the governance and management of policing and the performance and evaluation of public services.

    Gordon is currently working alongside colleagues from the University of Glasgow on an ESRC funded programme exploring the impact of Brexit on constitutional change, public finances and public services in the devolved nations and the Republic of Ireland. He will be contributing to a range of seminars across the UK on Brexit topics, including an event in Belfast on 21 June.

    To discuss Brexit in the context of the devolution and public policy, or to explore how we might work with you in these areas, please email Gordon on gj.marnoch@ulster.ac.uk or call 028 9036 6635

  • Louise Mallinder -

    Professor Louise Mallinder

    Professor of Human Rights and International Law

    Louise Mallinder is a Professor of human rights and international law at Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute. Her research interests include international human rights law, international criminal law and law and politics in political transitions.

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    Professor Louise Mallinder

    Professor of Human Rights and International Law Close

    Louise Mallinder is a Professor of human rights and international law at Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute. Her research interests include international human rights law, international criminal law and law and politics in political transitions.

    She is applying her expertise to exploring the potential implications of Brexit for human rights, dealing with Northern Ireland’s past and devolution.

    You can read Louise’s paper on Brexit and Dealing with the Past in the ‘contributions’ section of this website.

    To discuss Brexit in the context of this work, please email Louise on l.mallinder@ulster.ac.uk or call 028 9036 8890

  • Paul Carmichael -

    Professor Paul Carmichael

    Associate Dean (Global Engagement)

    Paul is a Professor of Public Policy and Government, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. His research interests include local government, politics, devolution and public administration.

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    Professor Paul Carmichael

    Associate Dean (Global Engagement) Close

    Paul is a Professor of Public Policy and Government, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. His research interests include local government, politics, devolution and public administration.

    He is applying his particular expertise to explore what Brexit might mean for local government and public administration in particular. You can read Paul’s reflections from Northern Ireland on the referendum in the contributions section of our website.

    To discuss Brexit in the context of local government or public administration, please email Paul at p.carmichael@ulster.ac.uk or phone 028 9036 6846.

  • Ciaran White -

    Ciaran White

    Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of Mooting

    Ciaran is a Senior Lecturer at Ulster University’s School of Law. His teaching, research and legal practice interests include employment law (particularly equality law), public law (especially devolution and the constitutional arrangements), and Human Rights law.

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    Ciaran White

    Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of Mooting Close

    Ciaran is a Senior Lecturer at Ulster University’s School of Law. His teaching, research and legal practice interests include employment law (particularly equality law), public law (especially devolution and the constitutional arrangements), and Human Rights law.

    He is applying his particular expertise in relation to Brexit and Northern Ireland employment law, in particular to the potential for NI to ‘track’ EU employment law post-Brexit given that NI has devolved competence in this area.

    He presented a paper on this issue at a CAJ-TJI conference of 27th September 2016 ['Brexiting and Rights'] and a development of that paper for a NIC-ICTU conference of 29 March 2017 ['Workers must not pay the price of Brexit'], and it remains a topic he is progressing.

    To discuss Brexit in relation to employment law, or explore how we could work with you in this area, you can contact Ciaran by email: c.white@ulster.ac.uk or by phone: 028 9036 6396