Dr Paul O'Connell
LLB (Dublin) LLM PhD (NUI)
Chair of Undergraduate Staff Student Consultative Committee
Paul joined SOAS as a Reader in Law in September 2013. Prior to this he was a Reader in Law at the University of Leicester, where he worked from 2009-2013, and a Lecturer in Law at the National University of Ireland in Galway from 2005-2008. Paul’s research interests lie in the areas of Public Law, Human Rights (particularly Socio-Economic Rights), Globalisation and the Law, Critical Legal Theory (in particular Marxist critiques of law), Law and Social Change, Comparative Law and International Law.
He has published on the impact of globalisation on human rights and on the comparative protection of socio-economic rights. He is currently working on a project which critically interrogates the relationship between globalisation and human rights. In relation to this he spent the academic year 2013-2014 as a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Human Rights Program, with support from the Fulbright Commission and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.
Paul is happy to supervise doctoral candidates wishing to work socio-economic rights, comparative law, globalisation and law and critical legal theories.
PhD Students supervised
- Riyadh Al Balushi, Copyright restrictions on the right to education
- Public Law
- Human Rights (particularly Socio-Economic Rights)
- Globalisation and the Law
- CriticalLegal Theory
- Law and Social Change
- Comparative Law and International Law
O'Connell, Paul (2015) Masking Barbarism: Human Rights in the Contemporary Global Order. Hart. (Forthcoming)
O'Connell, Paul (2012) Vindicating Socio-Economic Rights: International Standards and Comparative Experiences. Routledge.
O'Connell, Paul (2013) '‘Let Them Eat Cake: Socio-Economic in an Age of Austerity’.' In: Nolan, Aoife and O'Connell, Rory and Harvey , Colin, (eds.), Human Rights and Public Finance. Hart.
O'Connel, Paul and Katrougalos, George (2012) '‘Fundamental Social Rights’.' In: Tushnet, Mark and Fleiner, Thomas and Saunders, Cheryl, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law. Routledge.
O'Connel, Paul (2010) '‘Brave New World?: Human Rights in the Era of Globalisation’.' In: Baderin, Mashood and Ssenyonjo , Manisuli, (eds.), International Human Rights Law: Six Decades After the UDHR and Beyond. Ashgate.
O'Connel, Paul (2010) 'The Human Right to Health in an Age of Market Hegemony.' In: Harrington, John and Stuttaford, Maria, (eds.), Global Health and Human Rights: Legal and Philosophical Perspectives. Routledge.
O'Connel, Paul (2011) 'The Death of Socio-Economic Rights.' Modern Law Review, 74 (4). pp. 532-554.
O'Connel, Paul (2009) 'Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees: A Reply to Rhoda Howard-Hassmann.' Human Rights Law Review, 9 (1). p. 135.
O'Connel, Paul (2008) 'Anxious Scrutiny in the Irish Courts: Too Little, Too Late?' Hibernian Law Journal, 8 . p. 75.
O'Connel, Paul (2007) '‘On Reconciling Irreconcilables: Neo-liberal Globalisation and Human Rights’.' Human Rights Law Review, 7 (3). p. 483.
O'Connel, Paul (2005) '‘The Human Right to Health and the Privatisation of Irish Health Care’.' Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 11 (2). p. 76.