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School of Law

Dr Paul O'Connell

LLB (Dublin) LLM PhD (NUI)


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School of Law

Reader in Law

Dr Paul O'Connell
Email address:
020 7898 4712
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Office Hours:
On sabbatical Terms 1 + 2


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.



  • Public Law
  • Human Rights (particularly Socio-Economic Rights)
  • Globalisation and the Law
  • CriticalLegal Theory
  • Law and Social Change
  • Comparative Law and International Law