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

    Mondays 12:30-14:00



  • 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

  • Foundations of the Law of Obligations (LW108)

  • Employment Law and Practice (LW251)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • Legal Research (LW360)


Journal articles (4)

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:

Mondays 12:30-14:00