Professor Rory O'Connell

Research Director - Law

School/Department
School of Law
Research Institute
Transitional Justice Institute
Campus
Jordanstown campus
Telephone
+44 28 9036 6693
Email
r.oconnell@ulster.ac.uk
Location
Room 21D60
Shore Road
Newtownabbey
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB

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.

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

Cinderella Comes to the Ball: Article 14 and the Right to Non-Discrimination in the ECHR. / O'Connell, Rory.

In: Legal Studies, Vol. 2009, 09.04.2009, p. 211-229.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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The Role of Dignity in Equality Law: Lessons from Canada and South Africa. / O'Connell, Rory.

In: International Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 6, 21.03.2008, p. 267-286.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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The Right to Work in the ECHR. / O'Connell, Rory.

In: European Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 2012, 2012, p. 176-190.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Realising political equality: the European Court of Human Rights and positive obligations in a democracy. / O'Connell, Rory.

In: Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 3, 03.09.2010, p. 263-279.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Fixed Points in a Changing Age? The Council of Europe, Human Rights, and the Regulation of New Health Technologies. / O'Connell, Rory; Gevers, Sjef.

European Law and New Health Technologies. ed. / Mark Flear; Anne-Maree Farrell; Tamara Hervey; Therese Murphy. Oxford : Oxford UP, 2013. p. 46-69.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

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Human Rights and Public Finance. / Nolan, Aoife (Editor); O'Connell, Rory (Editor); Harvey, Colin (Editor).

Hart, 2013. 256 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

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Recovering the History of Human Rights: Public Finances and Human Rights. / O'Connell, Rory.

Human Rights and Public Finance. ed. / Aoife Nolan; Rory O'Connell; Colin Harvey. Hart, 2013. p. 107-122.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

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Applying an International Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations: Rights and Resources. / O'Connell, Rory; Nolan, Aoife; Harvey, Colin; Dutschke, Mira; Rooney, Eoin.

Routledge, 2014. 240 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

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Guardians of the Constitution: Unconstitutional Constitutional Norms. / O'Connell, Rory.

In: Journal of Civil Liberties, Vol. 4, 1999, p. 48-75.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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The Right to Participation of Minorities and Irish Travellers. / O'Connell, Rory.

In: Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2006, p. 2-29.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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