Dr Niall O'Connor

School of Law
Dr Niall O'Connor
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 874108

  • Location

    5S.4.12, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    On Research Leave Autumn Term 2019



  • LL.B (ling. franc.) Law and French Trinity College Dublin, (2012)

  • LLM European Law College of Europe, (2013)

  • PhD Law University of Cambridge, (2018)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Employment Law

Fundamental Rights

European Union Law

Conferences and presentations

The Interpretation of Domestic Rights Post-Brexit

Roundtable University of Edinburgh, Brexit and Rights Engagement Network, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3/7/2018

Darwin College, Cambridge Humanities Society, The Future of Employment Rights Post-Brexit (2017)

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2017

Cambridge Private Law Centre UnChartered Waters: Mapping Fundamental Rights onto the Employment Contract Post-Brexit (2017)

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2017

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Oxford - 'The Interpretation of Employment Legislation through a Fundamental Rights Lens' (2016)

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2016

British Association of Comparative Law Postgraduate Research Workshop, Oxford - Alemo-Herron v Parkwood Leisure: the EUs Lochner Moment or much ado about Nothing?(2016)

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2016

Centre for European Legal Studies, Cambridge 'Runners and Riders: The Horsemeat Scandal and the Free Movement of Goods in the European Union'(2016)

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2016

International Society of Labour Law Seminar, Venice on Enterprise Transformation and Social Rights -presented on theissue of identifying the employer in fragmented or decentralised companies (2015)

Venice, Italy, 2015

Pontignano Labour Law Conference, Modena UK representative; presented on definitional issues in working time regulation (2015)

Modena, Italy, 2015

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Employment Law and Practice (LW251)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • Legal Research (LW360)


Journal articles (5)

O'Connor, N., Whose Autonomy is it Anyway? Freedom of Contract, the Right to Work and the General Principles of EU Law. Industrial Law Journal

Barnard, C. and O'Connor, N., (2017). Runners and riders: the horsemeat scandal, EU law and multi-level enforcement. The Cambridge law journal. 76 (01), 116-144

O'Connor, N., (2017). Interpreting employment legislation through a fundamental rights lens: What's the purpose. European Labour Law Journal. 8 (3), 193-216

O'Connor, NM., (2015). The Impact of Positive Action on Private Law Freedoms – Proposed EU Directive on Gender Balance in the Boardroom. Trinity College Law Review. XVIII, 128-153

O'Connor, N. and Harvey, D., (2015). 'European Dimensions'. United Kingdom Supreme Court Annual Review. 3, 244-253

Book chapters (1)

Harvey, D. and O'Connor, N., (2016). 'European Dimensions'. In: The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 6: 2014-2015. Editors: Clarry, D., . Appellate Press. 289- 310. 9781911250203

Grants and funding


The Future of Human Rights at Work: Brexit and Beyond

Modern Law Review

+44 (0) 1206 874108


5S.4.12, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

On Research Leave Autumn Term 2019