Professor Rory O'Connell
Research Director - Law
- School of Law
- Research Institute
- Transitional Justice Institute
- Jordanstown campus
- +44 28 9036 6693
Rory O'Connell joined the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) and School of Law in 2013 as Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law. He was appointed TJI Director in 2014. Rory's research and teaching interests are in the areas of Human Rights and Equality, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory.
He is a member of the project team on the ESRC project ‘Brexit and Northern Ireland: The Constitutional, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights and Equality Consequences’ #BrexitLawNI.
Rory is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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 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.
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- Law’s Majestic Equality? Article 14, the First Protocol and Political EqualityThe European convention on human rights and the principle of non-discriminationDate: (2018)
- Human rights and fiscal oversight: a case study of the Northern Ireland 2011-2015 budgetAdministrationDate: (2017)
- Judges of the World, United? Collective Aspects of the Right to Work in Regional Human Rights SystemsTowards Convergence in International Human Rights LawDate: (2016)
- Freedom of ExpressionHuman Rights in Northern Ireland: The CAJ HandbookDate: (2015)
- Applying an International Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations: Rights and ResourcesDate: (2014)
- Recovering the History of Human Rights: Public Finances and Human RightsHuman Rights and Public FinanceDate: (2013)
- Human Rights and Public FinanceDate: (2013)
- Fixed Points in a Changing Age? The Council of Europe, Human Rights, and the Regulation of New Health TechnologiesEuropean Law and New Health TechnologiesDate: (2013)
- The Right to Work in the ECHREuropean Human Rights Law ReviewDate: (2012)
- Realising political equality: the European Court of Human Rights and positive obligations in a democracyNorthern Ireland Legal QuarterlyDate: (2010)